The Champion is the quickest
In the free practice session held on Saturday morning, reigning DTM Champion Mattias Ekström lapped the EuroSpeedway Lausitz’s new, shortened 3.442-kilometre GP circuit in 1:16.852 minutes, thus setting the fastest lap time, behind the wheel of his Audi A4 DTM, with his second placed brand-mate Frank Stippler being on fractions slower: three hundreds of a second. At the end of the 60-minute practice session, Canada’s Bruno Spengler had secured third place in his AMG-Mercedes C-Class, thus proving – just as Stippler – the competitiveness of the 2004 spec DTM cars.
Marcel Fässler was the fastest of the Opel Vectra GTS V8 drivers. The Swiss who had also been Opel’s most successful driver in the season opener, at Hockenheim, set a 1:17.343-minute lap to finish 12th. During race at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Fässler may rely on the support of his loyal supporters. On Saturday evening, Fässler will drive to Senftenberg to meet his German fans. Fässler: “My German supporters even visit me at for or five races per year. A truly great support!”
A glance at the time sheets reveals the extreme competitiveness of the 2005 DTM field. At the end of the free practice session, 18 of the cars were split by less than a second, and the top 13 by less than half a second. Therefore, you may expect that fractions will be crucial regarding the grid positions, in both qualifying and Super Pole.