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Norisring: Friday practices report

Entire DTM starting field at the Norisring within eight tenths of a second During the test day for the fifth season round at the Norisring in Nuremberg, the lap times of all 21 DTM racing drivers were all within eight tenths of a second. That is...

Entire DTM starting field at the Norisring within eight tenths of a second

During the test day for the fifth season round at the Norisring in Nuremberg, the lap times of all 21 DTM racing drivers were all within eight tenths of a second. That is something new, even in the DTM, that is known for its close competition. Out in front, three experienced drivers established themselves: after the two 90 minutes test sessions, reigning DTM-champion Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM) topped the time sheets.

With his lap time of 49.707 seconds on the 2.3 km long street course, Schneider wasn't just the fastest of the day, he improved his own fastest qualifying time from the previous year by more than half a second. Christian Abt (Abt-Audi TT-R) set the second fastest time with 49.725 seconds from Opel-driver Joachim Winkelhock (49.839 seconds). Thus, all three makes were on the first three places again.

With Timo Scheider (Opel Astra V8 Coupé), Uwe Alzen and Bernd Mayländer (both Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM), three more drivers remained under the 50 seconds mark. Initially, Christian Abt had topped the time sheets in the home event of his Team Abt Sportsline from the Allgäu and remained there for quite a long time. Then Schneider, who had already been fastest during the first test session of the day, countered. Second in the afternoon was the Norisring-winner of the year 2000, Joachim Winkelhock from last year's winner Uwe Alzen. DTM-points leader Laurent Aiello was only 13th in both sessions with his Abt-Audi TT-R.

On Saturday, qualifying starts at 13.05, the half-time race of the DTM is being started on Sunday afternoon. But first, the DTM fans are watching the final of the football world cup together on the giant video screens at the Norisring with a size of up to 84 square metres.

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Series DTM
Drivers Laurent Aiello , Bernd Schneider , Joachim Winkelhock , Bernd Maylander , Uwe Alzen , Timo Scheider , Christian Abt