Going Dutch: Frijns goes fastest on Friday
Dutch Audi driver Robin Frijns got his DTM home round off to a great start by posting the fastest time on the opening day of the Assen weekend.
With the collective attention of the local, regional and national media focused upon him, the Dutchman remained his usual implacable self to demonstrate all the race-winning pace he had shown in New York last week, where he won the Formula E season finale.
Posting a best of 1m26.277s, the Audi driver topped the time sheets in second free practice on Friday. His time around the 4.555km long TT Circuit in Assen was also the fastest of the day.
Audi’s top-five lockout
“It was a good day,” Frijns commented. “I was fastest in FP2 and the car felt good. We are still trying to find some time on the long runs, but everything looks promising for tomorrow.”
Frijns led a quintet of Audi drivers as René Rast, Nico Müller, Loïc Duval and Mike Rockenfeller followed in second to fifth place. Around the halfway point, a punctured right rear tyre as he crossed the startline interrupted Müller’s session, but the Swiss driver made it back to the pits and was able to continue after a tyre change.
Glock fastest BMW runner
In sixth place, Timo Glock was the fastest BMW driver, followed by his colleagues Joel Eriksson and Sheldon van der Linde. “We have made some changes that were quite positive,” said the German. “The car handled pretty well and I got quite a good lap in. Let’s wait and see what the weather will do for tomorrow, because it could be totally different.”
WRT Audi’s Jonathan Aberdein rounded out the top 10, one place ahead of Daniel Juncadella who was again the fastest of the R-Motorsport Aston Martins.
Earlier in the day, Loïc Duval had topped the time sheets in first free practice with his time of 1m26.700s. Audi’s Nico Müller and Robin Frijns locked out the top three, followed by BMW pairing Timo Glock and Marco Wittmann. WRT Audi drivers Pietro Fittipaldi and Jonathan Aberdein were an impressive sixth and eighth, with R-Motorsport’s Daniel Juncadella in seventh. René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller were ninth and tenth.