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Hand keeps BMW top in DTM testing

Photo by BMW AGAmerican Joey Hand kept BMW on top of the times in the third day of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters test at the Hockenheimring, beating Audi’s Edoardo Mortara to the top time.

BMW Team RBM’s Hand was only ninth fastest in the morning session but managed to improve his time by almost two seconds in the afternoon session to take the top spot.

“The new car feels very good when it comes to balance,” said Hand. “The BMW M4 DTM is definitely a Joey Hand car. I get along very well with it and feel that I can be faster than in the previous season. I’m hot for 2014 and the first race in just over three weeks. I love Hockenheim – this is my home track in Europe. Here I have completed the most laps and taken my best results.”

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Audi’s Mortara was second fastest, 0.023 seconds faster than third-placed Martin Tomczyk, with former double champion Timo Scheider in fourth.

The top Mercedes’ driver was DTM newcomer Vitaly Petrov in eighth, with the Russian’s three stablemates Pascal Wehrlein, Robert Wickens and Gary Paffett at the bottom of the timesheets more than a second off the pace.

As in the previous day the most industrious driver was a BMW Team MTEK pilot, with António Félix Da Costa racking up the most laps.

Times – day two

1 4 Joey HAND BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 1:32.658
2 15 Edoardo MORTARA Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 1:32.957 0.299
3 10 Martin TOMCZYK BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 1:32.980 0.322
4 2 Timo SCHEIDER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 1:33.023 0.365
5 14 Miguel MOLINA Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 1:33.427 0.769
6 24 Maxime MARTIN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 1:33.533 0.875
7 22 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 1:33.542 0.884
8 20 Vitaly PETROV AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes-Benz AMG C-Coupé 1:33.585 0.927
9 18 António Félix DA COSTA BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 1:33.623 0.965
10 25 Pascal WEHRLEIN gooix AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes-Benz AMG C-Coupé 1:33.772 1.114
11 12 Robert WICKENS GRIP Mercedes AMG DTM Mercedes-Benz AMG C-Coupé 1:33.829 1.171
12 11 Gary PAFFETT EURONICS Mercedes AMG DTM Mercedes-Benz AMG C-Coupé 1:34.097 1.439
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