BMW’s Marco Wittmann was the fastest driver in the final day of DTM testing at Barcelona, with the young German setting a time of 1:06.451 to beat Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein and Christian Vietoris.
BMW Team MTEK’s Wittmann, who has yet to make his race début in the DTM, set the time in ideal weather conditions in Spain. After 99 laps of running BMW’s former test and development driver emerged as the man to beat.
“I was really looking forward to the test here at Barcelona,” said Wittmann. “After all, it was my first outing with my new BMW M3 DTM. I felt really comfortable in the car, and the relationship with BMW Team MTEK is already very good. It’s important for us to get used to each another and optimise the work flow to make sure we will be in the best possible shape for the season opener. And today was a good step on the way to achieving this goal.”
Mercedes enjoyed another strong day of testing, with its drivers occupying second and third. Young Germans Wehrlein and Vietoris were 0.236 and 0.255 seconds behind respectively.
Timo Scheider was the top Audi driver in fourth, ahead of Spaniards Miguel Molina for Audi and Roberto Merhi for Mercedes.
The overall fastest time during the DTM’s four days of testing in Spain went to Mercedes’ Gary Paffett, who set a 1:06.149 on the second day of testing.
A further four days of testing are scheduled to take place at the Hockenheimring between the 9th and 12th April.