Mücke the quickest of the pace setting Mercedes quintet
At a bout 10°C, Stefan Mücke set the fastest lap in the warm-up session for the seventh round of the 2005 DTM season, held at the Nürburgring. On the drying track, the times were improved again and again, in the closing stages of the session. At the end of the day, the young driver from Berlin lapped the Nürburbring’s sprint circuit in 1:24.438 minutes to get the upper hand. Bruno Spengler was 0,070 seconds slower, thus securing second place, with two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen, Jamie Green and Gary Paffett finishing third, fourth and fifth, behind the two 2004 spec AMG-Mercedes C-Class drivers.
“I’m happy with my second place in the warm-up session,” said Bruno Spengler. “It will be a tough race in these difficult conditions. So let’s wait and see what’s possible.” The 21-year old Franco-Canadian has set himself modest goals: “Primarily, I want to make it to the finish line and score some points,” he added.
Marcel Fässler, the best Opel driver, took his Opel Vectra GTS V8 to sixth position, 0.391 seconds behind Mücke, while seven-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, the fastest Audi A4 DTM driver, came seventh. Following an incident with Mercedes-Benz driver Jamie Green, the Dane was cited to the race control, after the session. In the ‘Querspange’ of the short connection section, Kristensen turned the reigning Formula 3 Euro Series Champion’s car around, yet, Green could continue without any damages on his car.
Martin Tomczyk described the difficult conditions the drivers had to cope with on Sunday morning, on the Nürburgring’s 3.629 kilometre sprint circuit. “In the closing stages of the warm-up session, the track dried more and more, yet, it took quite while until the racing line was really dry. Therefore, it was rather difficult to find the fitting set-up. Quite obviously, I hope that we found the best possible settings and I’m confident for the race.”