Tomczyk sets the first fastest lap, at the Eifel
He is keen on securing his first podium finish of the 2005 season: by being the quickest in the first DTM test session at the Nürburgring, Audi works driver Martin Tomczyk made a first step to make his goal come true. The Rosenheimer lapped the rich in tradition 3.629-kilometre Eifel circuit in 1:24.141 minutes, just 0.032 seconds faster than Marcel Fässler who took his Opel Vectra GTS V8 to second place, in the 90-minute session. Together with Scotsman Allan McNish (17th), the Swiss also turned out to be the busiest driver of the session, with both completing 33 laps. Remarkable: four of the 2004 spec cars made it to the top ten.
Behind the wheel of his Audi A4 DTM, Tom Kristensen finished third, while the following three positions were secured by 2004 spec cars. Local hero Frank Stippler took his 2004 spec Audi to fourth position, with his team-mate Christian Abt, finishing fifth. Bruno Spengler, the quickest of the Mercedes-Benz drivers, finished sixth – in a 2004 spec AMG-Mercedes C-Class. Championship leader Gary Paffett took seventh place, 0.272 seconds behind his brand-mate.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Opel), Martin Ekström (Audi) and Alexandros Margaritis (Mercedes-Benz) completed the top ten. And there were two more drivers, Stefan Mücke (Mercedes Benz) and Laurent Aiello (Opel), who were less than a second slower than the quickest, Martin Tomczyk.