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Mercedes top first 2 days of Adria test

Mercedes top first 2 days of Adria test

Stefan Mücke topped the times for the first two days of the official DTM test at Adria in Italy this week, the Mercedes driver beating the new CLK in one of last year's chassis. Setting a fastest of 1:12.91 on Wednesday, Mücke bettered it by...

Stefan M?cke topped the times for the first two days of the official DTM test at Adria in Italy this week, the Mercedes driver beating the new CLK in one of last year's chassis. Setting a fastest of 1:12.91 on Wednesday, M?cke bettered it by 0.84 today and was 0.32 ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Marcel F?ssler. Mercedes also had Uwe Alzen, Tomas J?ger and new signing Katsumoto Kaneishi on duty.

Arial view of Adria.
Photo by ITR e.V..
Fastest of the non-Mercedes drivers today was the Abt of Karl Wendlinger, fourth quickest, and Peter Dumbreck the fastest Opel in sixth. Opel rookie Jeroen Bleekemolen was seventh while Abt's new signing Peter Terting rounded off the times just under two seconds slower than M?cke.

It was a new experience for all the drivers at the purpose built Adria circuit: "Brakes are very important," said M?cke. "You have to brake quickly from very high speeds down to 60-70kmh, then accelerate up again." He is yet to find out which team he will drive for within the Mercedes squad, but still has to get used to the new car anyway. "I got accustomed to the new CLK very quickly and gained useful experience."

New to the DTM and driving a 2002 chassis, Terting simulated a race weekend including free practice, qualifying and a race distance with pit stops over the last two days. "For a beginner like me, the Adria track is hard for getting used to driving a DTM car," said Terting. "It's very late braking then quickly on the gas again. But it's better to start with the most difficult one!"

Alain Menu, who was fourth fastest for Opel yesterday in the new chassis, thinks it will be interesting when the DTM races at Adria for the second round of the championship this year: "The length of the circuit means qualifying will be particularly important here," he commented. "The race track is very wide and the power in DTM is enormous. Overtaking will be difficult."

Timo Scheider will take over for Opel tomorrow and Manuel Reuter and Joachim Winkelhock on Friday. Opel is currently also on a fitness training week and is swapping drivers alternately.

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Series DTM
Drivers Karl Wendlinger , Peter Dumbreck , Uwe Alzen , Manuel Reuter , Timo Scheider , Katsumoto Kaneishi , Peter Terting , Jeroen Bleekemolen , Alain Menu