Five Audis the quickest in test one
Audi clearly dominated the first clash of the Brno weekend, as five Audis A4 DTM succeeded in setting the best lap times, in the first test, on Friday morning. The fastest man of the session was Allan McNish, who lapped the 5.403-kilometre ‘Auto Motodrom Brno’ in 1:54.700 minutes. His brand-mates, Mattias Ekström, Martin Tomczyk, Christian Abt and Tom Kristensen, completed the top five, with fourth placed Christian Abt also being the fastest driver of a 2004 spec car.
The quickest man behind the wheel of a car not bearing the four rings was Jean Alesi. In his Mercedes-AMG C-Class, the winner of the season opener took sixth place, 1.215 seconds behind McNish. While Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished eighth behind Audi’s Pierre Kaffer, thus proving to be the fastest driver of an Opel Vectra GTS V8.
In brilliant conditions, with the temperatures reaching 23.3°C (air) and 33.9°C (track) respectively, the fastest times set in test session one were nearly 1.7 seconds slower than the one Mattias Ekström had set last year on the way to clinch pole. In the 2004 Super Pole session, the Swede had crossed the line in 1:53.009 minutes.
The session had to be red-flagged due to Tom Kristensen stopping his Audi A4 DTM on the track after hearing a strange noise. The car was towed back to the Audi Sport Team Abt garage where the engineers are now looking for the cause of the noise.