Audi works-driver Mattias Ekström was fastest in the first test of the DTM at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. The Swede lapped the 3.442 kilometres long circuit south of Berlin with his Red Bull Audi A4 in 1:35.432 minutes. Timo Scheider (Gebrauchtwagen Plus Audi A4) followed in second place, 0.675 seconds down. Frank Stippler (S line Audi A4) and Martin Tomczyk (Red Bull Audi A4) completed the Audi quartet at the top of the time sheets. Fastest Mercedes-Benz works-driver was Bernd Schneider with the Vodafone AMG-Mercedes C-Class, 1.063 seconds down in fifth place.
Former F1-drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Veltins Audi A4), Mika Häkkinen (AMG-Mercedes C-Class) and Jean Alesi (stern AMG-Mercedes C-Class) ranked in tenth, twelfth and 14th place respectively in damp conditions at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz.
Fastest rookie in the test on Friday morning was Mathias Lauda (Junge Gebrauchte AMG Mercedes C-Class) in 16th place. The son of three times’ Formula 1 World Champion, Niki Lauda, completed a total of 35 laps. He was 3.559 seconds down on Ekström. The battle of the DTM ladies saw Susie Stoddart (AutoScout24 AMG Mercedes C-Class) in 18th place after 90 minutes, just ahead of Vanina Ickx (Orig. Zubehör Audi A4), who was 19th.