DTM Champion Ekström wide awake
In the warm-up session for the DTM round at the ‘Auto Motodrom Brno’, reigning DTM Champion Mattias Ekström proved to be wide awake. Behind the wheel of his Audi A4 DTM, the Swede completed 16 laps and set a fastest lap time of 1:54.915 minutes. The second fastest time achieved during the course of the 30-minute session was set by Martin Tomczyk, who was 0.201 seconds slower than his team-mate but succeeded in beating the pole-sitter, Gary Paffett (AMG-Mercedes C-Class). While Marcel Fässler, the quickest of the Opel drivers, secured fourth position.
The fifth fastest lap time of the warm-up, held on Sunday morning, was set by Audi’s Tom Kristensen, with Stefan Mücke in his AMG-Mercedes C-Class coming sixth, thus being the fastest driver of a 2004 spec car, 0.730 seconds behind Ekström. DTM rookie Jamie Green finished eights.
Mika Häkkinen, Manuel Reuter and Jean Alesi were involved in an extremely close battle for eighth position, and at the end of the day, they finished eighth, ninth and tenth respectively, split by just three hundredths of a second. Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who had delivered a surprisingly fine performance in yesterday’s Super Pole session to qualify for second position on the grid, had to settle for 18th place, 1.349 seconds behind the quickest.