Ferdinand von Habsburg fastest on day two of testing

Ferdinand von Habsburg fastest on day two of testing

Fabio Scherer
Photo: Audi AG

Audi’s Ferdinand von Habsburg was the quickest driver in the second day of the official pre-season DTM tests at the Nürburgring, lapping 0.010 seconds faster than BMW’s Philipp Eng in the combined end of day times.

Von Habsburg, who made his series début last year in Aston Martin machinery, topped both the morning and afternoon session, with his time in the morning session being three tenths faster and giving him the best time of the day so far.

The lap, which was quicker than the pole position time from last year (1:19.642) was a tenth of a second slower than Eng’s best time set on Monday.

Eng himself followed his Austrian compatriot in the classification, having posted his best time in the morning, ahead of Audi’s Jamie Green in third, the Brit joining the test on Tuesday.

BMW’s Marco Wittmann was fourth, ahead of Audi’s Loïc Duval in fifth, 0.268 seconds adrift. Duval only completed 29 laps after taking it cautiously having broken his collarbone in a mountain biking accident two weeks’ ago in Geneva.

Mike Rockenfeller was sixth, ahead of fellow Audi racer Nico Müller in seventh. Müller only completed 93 laps.

BMW Team ART’s Robert Kubica was eighth, the Pole improving on his Monday performance to lap less than half a second (0.464 seconds) off the pace.

Former Mercedes racer turned BMW driver Lucas Auer was ninth, ahead of WRT Audi driver Fabio Scherer in tenth.

11 cars took part on Tuesday, with Audi’s Robin Frijns propping up the timesheets 1.574 seconds off the pace, having completed 90 laps – the third least – after taking over from Müller in the afternoon session.

Testing continues on Wednesday and Thursday.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 62 Ferdinand VON HABSBURG Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 140 1:19.319 0.000
2 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 164 1:19.329 0.010
3 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 155 1:19.503 0.184
4 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 153 1:19.581 0.262
5 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 29 1:19.587 0.268
6 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 146 1:19.619 0.300
7 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 93 1:19.679 0.360
8 8 Robert KUBICA BMW Team ART BMW M4 DTM 143 1:19.783 0.464
9 22 Lucas AUER BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 146 1:20.003 0.684
10 13 Fabio SCHERER Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 132 1:20.069 0.750
11 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 90 1:20.893 1.574