Audi trio dominates the warm-up session
In the warm-up session, Denmark’s Tom Kristensen took his Audi A4 DTM to the top position on the time sheets by lapping Zandvoort’s 4.307-kilometre dune circuit in 1:34.258 minutes. At the end of the day, he was 0167 seconds faster than his brand-mate Mattias Ekström who finished second and will be fifth on the grid for today’s race, directly behind his championship rival Gray Paffett. Christian Abt in his 2004 spec Audi A4 DTM set the third fastest lap time in the warm-up session but was about half a second slower than Kristensen.
The fastest driver behind Audi’s dominating trio was Heinz-Harald Frentzen in his Opel Vectra GTS V8, followed by the unlucky fellow of the qualifying session, Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes C-Class). Following his crash in the qualifying session, the Frenchman had no chance of setting a competitive time, hence, he will be only 19th on the grid. Manuel Reuter, who is going to contest his 200th DTM race, today, set the sixth fastest lap time of the warm-up session.
Title contender Gary Paffett, currently second in the championship, just one point behind championship leader Ekström, was the seventh fastest, followed by Mika Häkkinen, Martin Tomczyk and Alex Margaritis.
Pole-sitter Bernd Schneider came 13th, and Marcel Fässler, who shares the first row with Schneider, had to settle for 17th position.