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Pascal Wehrlein fastest on last test day at Oschersleben

Photo: HOCH ZWEI / Jürgen Tap

Pre-season testing for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) concluded today at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, as Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein set the best time of the day in the morning session, with a 1m 19.952 second lap around the 3.667-km circuit.

The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 reserve driver went off at Turn 13 in the morning session, bringing out the red flag, but he still ended up ahead of defending champion Marco Wittmann by just 0.038 seconds.

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“Today was good, and we were able to get in plenty of driving,” said the 20-year-old. “I posted 144 laps to set the fastest time, ending this test week very positively.”

BMW Motorsport’s fastest driver was Team RBM’s Augusto Farfus, who was marginally quicker than Team Schnitzer’s António Félix da Costa and Mercedes’ Paul Di Resta, who rounded out the top five.

2012 Champion Bruno Spengler posted the sixth fastest time, ahead of Audi Sport’s Adrien Tambay, who was fastest for the Ingolstadt manufacturer.

Tambay, who was just over three tenths of a second off Wehrlein’s best time, was followed by a raft of RS5 DTMs, as Jamie Green, Miguel Molina, Mike Rockenfeller and Edoardo Mortara completed the top 11 times of the day.

Mortara was able to get some mileage under his belt after swapping with Tambay, due to electrical issues during yesterday’s testing. The Mercedes C63 AMGs of rookie Lucas Auer, who will partner Gary Paffett at ART Grand Prix this year, and Mücke Motorsport’s Daniel Juncadella were at the bottom of the time sheets, with all 13 drivers separated by 1.146 seconds.

The focus now switches to the season opener at the Hockenheimring in a fortnight, which will take place between the 1st and 3rd of May.

1 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN gooix AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 144 1:19.952
2 1 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 164 1:19.990 0.038
3 18 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 127 1:19.997 0.045
4 13 António Félix da COSTA BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 145 1:20.035 0.083
5 3 Paul di RESTA AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 169 1:20.204 0.252
6 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 171 1:20.208 0.256
7 27 Adrien TAMBAY Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 89 1:20.270 0.318
8 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 112 1:20.459 0.507
9 17 Miguel MOLINA Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 111 1:20.598 0.646
10 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 155 1:20.800 0.848
11 48 Edoardo MORTARA Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 30 1:20.994 1.042
12 22 Lucas AUER AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 119 1:21.026 1.074
13 12 Daniel JUNCADELLA Petronas AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 86 1:21.098 1.146
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