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Nurburgring: Friday practices report

Laurent Aiello pushes Scheider out of the lead in the final minute The final minute of the test day for the seventh round of the DTM at the Nürburgring provided plenty of action: after Opel-driver Timo Scheider had topped the time sheets for a...

Laurent Aiello pushes Scheider out of the lead in the final minute

The final minute of the test day for the seventh round of the DTM at the Nürburgring provided plenty of action: after Opel-driver Timo Scheider had topped the time sheets for a long time, he was finally still demoted to second place by points leader Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi TT-R). At the 3.625 km long short track lay-out of the Grand Prix-track in the Eifel, that was reconstructed only recently, the Frenchman drove a fastest lap time of 1.25.440 minutes, with which he was 0.266 seconds faster than Timo Scheider. With Manuel Reuter, a further Opel-driver occupied third place from Mattias Ekström (Abt-Audi TT-R) and Marcel Fässler (Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM).

Initially, the 21 drivers in the DTM starting field used the test day with its two 90 minutes sessions to get acquainted with the new part of the track after the main straight, the "Mercedes-Arena". Before that, no driver had the opportunity to test at the reconstructed track, so that all drivers first have to search for the new ideal line.

In the morning session, Laurent Aiello, who already won four races this year, had been fastest, followed by his fellow-countryman Jean Alesi (Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM) and Bernd Mayländer with last year's Mercedes-Benz. In the afternoon, Aiello was in front again, he improved his own best time of the morning session by almost eight tenths of a second. The Frenchman, who already won both races at the Nürburgring last year with the Abt-Audi TT-R was satisfied with his performance. "Doubtlessly, I had a great lap, but my car was not yet perfect. In some places, my car still had a little understeer. Of course, my fastest time is a great start into the week-end."

At Opel, there was also satisfaction about the result of the current test day. With Timo Scheider, Manuel Reuter and Michael Bartels, three Opel-drivers made it into the top ten in the afternoon. "It is fun to be in front again. We have been working on the set-up and improved step by step", said Timo Scheider. About the new part of the track, he says: "Surely, it is great for the spectators, but for me, it is a little bit too slow." Reining champion Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM), fifth in the morning, didn't get beyond 14th place in the afternoon.

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Bernd Schneider , Bernd Maylander , Manuel Reuter , Timo Scheider , Mattias Ekström , Michael Bartels