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Nurburgring: Friday practices report

Scandinavians dominate first DTM test at the Ring Two drivers from Scandinavia battled for the top position in the closing stages of the first DTM test at the Nürburgring. In his final lap, Mika Häkkinen set the fastest time of 1:35.168...

Scandinavians dominate first DTM test at the Ring

Two drivers from Scandinavia battled for the top position in the closing stages of the first DTM test at the Nürburgring. In his final lap, Mika Häkkinen set the fastest time of 1:35.168 minutes with his AMG-Mercedes C-Class. The double Formula 1 world champion from Finland demoted Tom Kristensen with the Audi A4 DTM to second place with a considerable margin of 0.668 seconds.

Behind the Dane, Bruno Spengler occupied third place with a lap time of 1:36.116 minutrs. The first of two DTM test sessions at the 3.629 kilometres long sprint circuit of the traditional Eifel venue started in damp conditions, but the track dried more and more during the course of the 90 minutes' session.

Local hero Alexandros Margaritis was the best-placed driver with a car from last year in fifth place. The driver from Bonn lapped the Eifel circuit in 1:36.778 minutes with his AMG-Mercedes C-Class. Tenth-placed Timo Scheider with the fastest 2005-spec Audi A4 DTM was followed by Mathias Lauda, the son of three times' Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda in eleventh position. He caught the attention as the fastest driver with a two-year old car.

DTM novice Nicolas Kiesa made a reasonable debut by claiming 16th place in his first touring car outing. Fastest lady in the DTM field was Susie Stoddart in 18th position.

The page has turned - Frentzen fastest

Weather change in the Eifel: now with entirely dry conditions and with increasing temperatures, Heinz-Harald Frentzen set the fastest time in the second test of the DTM on Friday afternoon with his Audi A4 DTM. The driver from Mönchengladbach lapped the 3.629 kilometres long Nürburgring sprint circuit in 1:24.899 minutes.

With the 2005-spec AMG-Mercedes C-Class, Alexandros Margaritis confirmed his strong showing in the first test session and drove the second fastest time behind Frentzen in the afternoon. The driver from Bonn was only 0.012 seconds down. Third place was occupied by Jamie Green with the fastest current AMG-Mercedes C-Class.

Tom Kristensen, who was second in the morning session, was now only sixth behind points leader Bernd Schneider in fourth and Stefan Mücke in fifth place. Norisring-winner Bruno Spengler was seventh after the second session, followed by his fellow-Mercedes-driver Mika Häkkinen. Martin Tomczyk and Frank Stippler completed the top 10.

After 41 laps, DTM novice Nicolas Kiesa was not only the fastest driver with a 2004-spec car, but also the most prolific driver of the entire field. After 90 minutes, he was less than one second slower than Frentzen's fastest time and occupied 16th place. On his first outing in the DTM, Kiesa completed a total of 297.578 kilometres on Friday.

-credit: dtm

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Mika Hakkinen , Nicolas Kiesa , Tom Kristensen , Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Timo Scheider , Niki Lauda , Bruno Spengler , Alexandros Margaritis , Mathias Lauda , Frank Stippler , Stefan Mücke , Jamie Green