Alesi the sets the day’s fastest time
Behind the wheel of his AMG-Mercedes C-Class, Frenchman Jean Alesi set the fastest lap time of the day, in the second test session. To lap the shortest circuit on the calendar, the 2.3-kilometre Norisring, the former F1 ace needed just 49.125 seconds, with his opponents following close behind. In his Opel Vectra GTS V8, Manuel Reuter was just 0.007 seconds slower than Alesi and finished second, while reigning DTM Champion Mattias Ekström was also only fractions slower than the quickest (0.018 seconds) and took his Audi A4 DTM to third place.
RQuite obviously, Alesi wasn’t the only driver who clearly improved his performance, in the afternoon session. He improved his time set in the morning by nearly six tenths of a second, but the other drivers also succeeded in setting faster times. Indeed, the field was even closer together than in the morning session, with the quickest – Alesi – having just a seven tenths of a second lead over the slowest, Allan McNish. Therefore, you may expect a similar situation in the qualifying.
Behind the top three, three Mercedes-Benz drivers took positions four to six: Jamie Green, Bernd Schneider and Gary Paffett, with Pierre Kaffer in seventh position being the fastest driver of a 2004 spec car; while Bruno Spengler, who had been fastest in the morning session, had to settle for eighth place. Opel’s Marcel Fässler and Audi’s Tom Kristensen completed the top ten.