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Zandvoort: Dumbreck finishes Friday ahead

Opel-driver Dumbreck sets new best time as fastest driver of the day The 90 minutes' test before the ninth round of the DTM at Zandvoort in The Netherlands was marked by permanent position changes on top of the field, an appetizer for the...

Opel-driver Dumbreck sets new best time as fastest driver of the day

The 90 minutes' test before the ninth round of the DTM at Zandvoort in The Netherlands was marked by permanent position changes on top of the field, an appetizer for the tension that can be expected in tomorrow's qualifying and in the race on Sunday.

The best time of the day with a new fastest time ever for touring cars was set by Scotsman Peter Dumbreck with the Opel Astra V8 Coupé in 1.35.976 minutes. Second place at the 4.3 kilometres long traditional track at the North Sea was occupied by last year's winner Mattias Ekström with the Abt-Audi TT-R in 1.36.135 minutes.

Opel showed a convincing overall performance, as Alain Menu was in third place, Timo Scheider was fourth, Jeroen Bleekemolen sixth and Manuel Reuter eighth. Best-placed driver of an AMG-Mercedes CLK was championship runner-up Christijan Albers from The Netherlands in fifth position, points leader Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz) was tenth.

"Being fastest is always good," said Peter Dumbreck. "The Astra Coupé felt very well, the balance of the car was excellent. From my point of view, Zandvoort is a real drivers' track. There is a lot of pressure on the driver and you have to work a lot on the steering wheel. Nevertheless, it is great fun."

Second-placed Mattias Ekström, who celebrated his maiden DTM-victory at Zandvoort last year, was also happy. "I am satisfied with the work we have done today, we got the maximum out of the car. Well, almost the maximum. Tomorrow, I have to be one place better than today, then I am totally satisfied..."

Points leader Bernd Schneider, who came to The Netherlands with a three points' advantage over his fellow-Mercedes-driver Christijan Albers, was pensive: "We have tried some things on the car, but today, I had some problems with the track, just like my team-mates. I hope that we will be doing better tomorrow."

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Series DTM
Drivers Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Manuel Reuter , Christijan Albers , Timo Scheider , Mattias Ekström , Alain Menu