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Mattias Ekström fastest for Audi on penultimate test day

Photo by Audi AG.

With just one day remaining of the only official Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) test at Hockenheim, two-time champion Mattias Ekström was able to post the fastest time of the day in the afternoon session

The Swede set a 1:32.964 around the 4.574-km circuit, just 0.177 seconds ahead of Mercedes’ Daniel Juncadella, with all three brands represented thanks to 2011 champion Martin Tomczyk rounding out the top three.

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Juncadella topped the times in the morning session, with the Baden-Württemberg track saturated by further rain showers. The Spaniard, who was there to test for official tyre supplier Hankook, completed the second biggest lap count behind 2014 champion Marco Wittmann, who completed 129 laps.

Wittmann would post the seventh fastest time of the day, over seven tenths off the pace set by Ekström, and would find himself behind Timo Scheider, Miguel Molina and Gary Paffett.

“The morning was a little disappointing. It rained, and we had no opportunity to test in the dry,” said Paffett, who will partner DTM rookie Esteban Ocon at ART Grand Prix for this season.

“Luckily, the whole afternoon stayed fine, so we made some progress with the car. I’m now looking forward to more work on the car tomorrow.”

2012 champion Bruno Spengler would be the eighth fastest out of all 15 that took part, ahead of Adrien Tambay and Nico Müller making it five Audi RS5 DTMs in the top ten.

Robert Wickens, Paul Di Resta, Augusto Farfus, Maxime Martin and Christian Vietoris would round off the times, with Vietoris being 1.339 seconds off the top time.

The final day of DTM testing commences at 09.00 local time tomorrow.

Session results

1 5 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 118 1:32.964 0.000
2 12 Daniel JUNCADELLA PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 123 1:33.141 0.177
3 77 Martin TOMCZYK BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 104 1:33.259 0.295
4 10 Timo SCHEIDER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 99 1:33.285 0.321
5 17 Miguel MOLINA Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 111 1:33.413 0.449
6 2 Gary PAFFETT EURONICS / BWT Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 110 1:33.417 0.453
7 1 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 129 1:33.525 0.561
8 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 107 1:33.593 0.629
9 27 Adrien TAMBAY Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 104 1:33.616 0.652
10 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 79 1:33.637 0.673
11 6 Robert WICKENS SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 105 1:33.652 0.688
12 3 Paul di RESTA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 88 1:33.751 0.787
13 18 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 105 1:33.837 0.873
14 36 Maxime MARTIN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 111 1:33.972 1.008
15 8 Christian VIETORIS gooix / Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 94 1:34.303 1.339
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