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Lausitz: Friday 1st practice report

Audi driver Mattias Ekström proves he is in top shape Swede Mattias Ekström left his rivals far behind in the run-up to the fourth race of the 2004 DTM season on the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. The winner of the third race posted the fastest time of...

Audi driver Mattias Ekström proves he is in top shape

Swede Mattias Ekström left his rivals far behind in the run-up to the fourth race of the 2004 DTM season on the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. The winner of the third race posted the fastest time of 1:39.687 minutes already in the second lap of the 90-minute-long training on the 4.543 kilometre-long Lausitzring.

Team mate Tom Kristensen from Denmark came second, 0.554 seconds behind while last year's winner Bernd Schneider (AMG-Mercedes C-class) placed third (1:40.398). Italian Emanuele Pirro and Martin Tomczyk (both Audi A4 DTM) ranked fifth and sixth. Peter Dumbreck, runner-up last year, was the best Opel Vectra GTS V8 driver in seventh.

Mattias Ekström (Audi):

"My engineer told me to go full throttle right at the very start. That's what I did. The track was still nice and clean, everything was fine. After I'd done that I could then concentrate on the test..."

Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz):

"The first test went according to plan. I'm very satisfied with the balance of the car. I'm of course hoping it continues like this."

Peter Dumbreck (Opel):

"I've always performed well at the Lausitzring. This trend has continued. Although it's only a test, we've got a basis on which we can continue working."

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Series DTM
Drivers Tom Kristensen , Peter Dumbreck , Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Mattias Ekström , Emanuele Pirro