Ekstrom fastest in preseason tests at Hockenheim

  • Mattias Ekstrom Audi DTM
  • Maxime Martin BMW DTM
  • Miguel Molina
  • Garry Paffet, DTM Mercedes

DTM teams finished their second official pre-season tests at Hockenheim. During four days, 15 drivers of Audi, BMW and Mercedes teams had an opportunity to test their cars in the various conditions.

BMW dominant at the start

During the first day, former champion Augusto Farfus set the fastest lap time driving a BMW M4 DTM – 1:33.326. Another BMW driver Maxime Martin had a second best result (1:33.652) and was followed by Nico Muller, Miguel Molina and Timo Scheider in the seats of Audis.

Maxime Martin BMW DTM

Maxime Martin, BMW DTM

BMW was fastest again during the second day of testing, but this time, Tom Blomqvist was the star of the day setting the lap time 1:33.214. Audi drivers and former champions Mattias Ekstrom and Mike Rockenfeller were second and third, only 0.086s and 0.116s behind the British driver.

Audi strikes back

On the third day, Audi took the reigns in wet conditions. Ekstrom was the first who broke 1:33 limit, driving a lap at Hockenheim in 1:32.964. Mercedes finally had a driver in the top of the standings after Daniel Juncadella set second best lap time (1:33.141) leaving Martin Tomczyk in BMW on third (1:33.259).

Miguel Molina

Miguel Molina, DTM Audi

On Friday, the final day of the pre-season testing, Mike Rockenfeller behind the wheel of Audi RS5, was the fastest on the track. The German driver and another former DTM champion had a result of 1:33.197 leaving Audi drivers Edoardo Mortara (1:33.222) and Mattias Ekstrom (1:33.401) behind.

Garry Paffet, DTM Mercedes

Garry Paffet, DTM Mercedes

New DTM season with nine rounds and 18 races starts on 7th of May at Hockenheim.

Photo: dtm.com

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