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Hockenheim II: Mercedes leads on Friday morning

Mercedes trio Paffett, Albers, Schneider on top A trio of Mercedes drivers ended the first 90-minute-long training session on the Hockenheimring on top. Gary Paffet lapped the fastest time of 1:35.941 minutes amid changeable weather conditions...

Mercedes trio Paffett, Albers, Schneider on top

A trio of Mercedes drivers ended the first 90-minute-long training session on the Hockenheimring on top. Gary Paffet lapped the fastest time of 1:35.941 minutes amid changeable weather conditions on Friday morning. His team mates Christijan Albers and Bernd Schneider followed in second and third place, respectively.

The new DTM champion 2004, Mattias Ekström, came fourth in his Audi A4 DTM, eight tenths of a second off the pace, while his team mate Martin Tomczyk placed fifth. Manuel Reuter was the best Opel driver in his Vectra GTS V8, coming eighth.

Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz):

"I'm very satisfied with my first place this morning. I was also fast in the rain. I hope we have more constant weather conditions for the second training session - it doesn't matter whether it's wet or dry."

Martin Tomczyk (Audi):

"The changeable weather conditions really messed things up for us. We weren't able to complete our planned test programme. We're now putting our hope in the second session."

Manuel Reuter (Opel):

"I had a few problems with the balance of the brakes in the dry period. After that the track was wet and I wasn't able to improve on my time anymore. But we've got a relatively good set-up for the wet conditions."

SWR3 party on Saturday, Reinhold Beckmann to present DTM's final gala

The SWR3 DTM party will kick off at 1800 CET on Saturday evening on the roof over the pits. Holders of a valid DTM ticket can enter free-of-charge, SWR3 members have to pay four euros. ARD star presenter Reinhold Beckmann will be the compere on Sunday evening for the DTM's farewell gala on the roof over the pits. Some 1,300 guests have been invited.

Celebrity guests at the DTM finale

Numerous celebrities will be visiting the DTM finale. Opel's guest list includes the director-general of German broadcaster HR, Dr. Helmut Reitze, actress Gerit Kling as well as many athletes: former tennis pros Carl-Uwe Steeb and Eric Jelen, triathletes Anja Dittmer, Stefan Holzner, Maik Petzold and Daniel Unger as well as Anke Kühn, a member of the Olympic hockey team. Volkswagen's guests include four-time rallye world champion Juha Kankkunen and his Finnish countryman and passenger Juha Repo.

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Series DTM
Drivers Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Manuel Reuter , Christijan Albers , Juha Kankkunen , Gary Paffett