Mercedes-Benz strikes back in session two
The second test on Friday was clearly dominated by Mercedes-Benz. At the end of the 90-minute session, six of the eight AMG-Mercedes C-Classes had made it to the top six. And once again, the session ended with a one-two for one manufacturer, with Jamie Green setting not only the fastest lap of the session alone but also of the entire day and Lausitz winner Gary Paffett coming second, 0.263 seconds behind his brand-mate. Behind the wheel of his Opel Vectra GTS V8, Marcel Fässler secured third place and Frank Stippler with his 2004 spec Audi A4 DTM was the fastest Audi driver on sixth place.
LIn the second test session, two of the Opels made it to the top ten: Marcel Fässler (third) and Laurent Aiello, who finished tenth. Manuel Reuter, the fastest man of the morning session, came 12th, in test session two, and Heinz-Harald Frentzen had to settle for 15th position. The afternoon session took place in mixed conditions, and apart from Fässler, the Opel drivers took it easy and did without improving their morning times.
Five 2005 spec AMG-Mercedes C-Classes made it to the overall rankings’ top ten. In addition to the leaders – Jamie Green and Gary Paffett – Mika Häkkinen, Jean Alesi and Bernd Schneider secured fourth, fifth and seventh positions respectively, with Franco-Canadian Bruno Spengler in his 2004 spec AMG-Mercedes C-Class being the sixth Mercedes driver to secure a top-ten result.
RReigning DTM Champion Mattias Ekström was the fastest Audi driver, in session two. At the end of the 90-minute session, he finished ninth, 1.227 seconds behind the quickest, while Tom Kristensen (eleventh) was another five tenths of a second slower. Christian Abt couldn’t join the test action as the reparation works on his car are not yet finished. Team Manager Ralf Jüttner explained that some parts of the car’s rear have to be worked on manually, but that you may expect Abt’s car to be ready to go in time for Saturday’s free practice session (from 10:25 hrs CET, 09:25hrs GMT).
Just as it was the case in the first test session, session two also had to be red flagged for several minutes. This time, the disruption was caused by some sharp-edged Kevlar parts lying on the track at the entrance of the spectacular ‘Eau Rouge’. To avoid punctures in this high-speed section, the track had to be cleaned before the session could be restarted.