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Norisring: Friday practices report

Peter Dumbreck fastest in Friday testing at the Norisring A successful start of the fifth season round of the DTM in Nuremberg: after a total of three hours of testing, the 21 drivers were separated by a mere 1.037 seconds. Peter Dumbreck was on...

Peter Dumbreck fastest in Friday testing at the Norisring

A successful start of the fifth season round of the DTM in Nuremberg: after a total of three hours of testing, the 21 drivers were separated by a mere 1.037 seconds. Peter Dumbreck was on top of the timing screens with a lap time of 49.453 seconds. Thus, the Brit proved that the Opel Astra V8 Coupé is also a candidate for victory at the fast street circuit.

"This was a good start for the weekend, I hope that it goes on like this tomorrow," Dumbreck said. "We seem to be well prepared. But I know one thing for sure: the 72 race laps will be extremely hard."

Second-best time was set by Mercedes-youngster Christijan Albers (49.578 secoonds). "Great to see how many fans there are today already. Driving in front of such a great crowd is just sensational," the two times' season winner said. "The Norisring is the Monaco of the DTM. I am looking forward to the duels and I hope that I will be able to repeat my Formula 3-victories here in the DTM as well."

Behind Jean Alesi and Marcel Fässler (both Mercedes-Benz), last year's winner Laurent Aiello was fastest Abt-Audi-driver in fifth place. "We are not very much down on the front runners, but here, every tenth is like a second," Aiello said. "There are a lot of small things that aren't completely right yet, but we are making progress with every lap."

Last year's winner and DTM-champion Aiello was slightly faster than Bernd Schneider, his great adversary from last year's race. The final race lap at the Norisring in 2002, with Aiello overtaking Bernd Schneider on the final corner, remains unforgotten.

In the first 90 minutes' DTM test in the morning, things were close already from first down to 21st place. Jean Alesi (Mercedes-Benz) set the fastest time of 49.840 seconds from Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi). In sixth place, Peter Dumbreck also was fastest Opel-driver in the first session, with fifth position occupied by Bernd Schneider. With the new race format, the fifth season round of the DTM at the 2.3 kilometres long Norisring is covering a distance of 72 laps instead of last year's 44 laps.

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Christijan Albers