The young guns take command
Once again, two of the young guns and two 2004 spec cars: in the warm-up, Mercedes-Benz’ Bruno Spengler and Audi’s Pierre Kaffer succeeded in setting the fastest lap times, with the young Canadian behind the wheel of last year’s AMG-Mercedes C-Class being the quickest, on Sunday morning. The 21-year old covered a total of 20 laps and set a fastest lap time of 1:17.174 minutes, with Pierre Kaffer, who had impressed on Friday by setting the fastest time, finishing second. Reigning DTM Champion Mattias Ekström (1:17.340 minutes) completed 23 laps and was third fastest, while pole-sitter Gary Paffett had to settle for fourth position.
The following cars also represent a varied mixture of the competitors contesting DTM: Kristensen, Schneider and Häkkinen – all driving 2005 spec cars – finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, with Christian Abt and Stefan Mücke in their 2004 spec cars securing eighth and ninth places respectively. Manuel Reuter was the fastest Opel Vectra GTS V8 driver, while Marcel Fässler, who will be eighth on the grid for today’s race, had to make do with 17th position.