Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett was fastest in the second day of Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters testing in Barcelona, Spain. Brit Paffett beat BMW’s Augusto Farfus and Timo Glock to the quickest time.
Paffett, who was runner-up in last year’s DTM championship, posted a time of 1:06.149 around the mostly dry Spanish circuit. Farfus was a mere 0.028 seconds behind after completing more than 100 laps of running, whilst DTM newcomer Glock was 0.066 seconds behind.
“Apart from the rain in the morning we had another successful day of testing at Barcelona,” said Paffett. “We focused on long-runs with the option and the standard tyres today, to understand the balance and performance differences. It’s nice to hold the top position on the time sheets at the end of a day of testing but in the end, this doesn’t count.”
For Glock, the DTM tests continue to be a learning experienced for the former Formula 1 driver.
“I felt more comfortable than on Tuesday, today,” admitted Glock. “We were able to complete a lot of laps and quite obviously this was helpful for us as a new team and me as DTM rookie. I still have got my problems when it comes to understanding the standard tyre. Nonetheless, I was rather unhappy with our long-runs. And on the option tyres I had particularly big fun, today. We will continue our work at Hockenheim and try to make the best possible use of the short preparation time prior to the season.”
Eleven drivers participated in the second of four days of testing, with Mercedes’ young chargers Robert Wickens fourth fastest and DTM rookie Daniel Juncadella fifth. Martin Tomczyk was sixth in his RMG-run BMW.
The top Audi driver was DTM veteran Timo Scheider in seventh, ahead of Miguel Molina in eighth and Mattias Ekström in ninth.
Eleven drivers will continue in the combined DTM tests on Thursday.