Ya ya, we gave our friends over at Mercedes-AMG some luv…
On the third of the four days of DTM testing at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, AMG Mercedes C-Class driver Paul di Resta set the fastest lap time. On his fastest lap, the Scot crossed the line of the 4.574-kilometre Grand Prix circuit in 1:33.378 minutes. For di Resta who conducted the tests with the vehicle of Ralf Schumacher it was the first appearance in the Hockenheim tests. 0.046 seconds behind the Mercedes-Benz ace, Sweden’s Mattias Ekström who drove the Audi test-car finished second on the time sheets. Altogether, nine drivers set their personal best times within the same second.
Audi’s Oliver Jarvis who had been the quickest in the morning session finished third in the afternoon despite improving his morning best time by more than three tenths of a second – to 1:33.438 minutes. Fourth position was secured by the busiest man of the afternoon session, Bruno Spengler. The Franco-Canadian completed 68 laps. Reigning DTM Champion Timo Scheider finished fifth, 0.514 seconds behind di Resta, thus being the quickest of an Audi quartet holding sixth to ninth positions. The three Audi drivers behind him were Markus Winkelhock, Katherine Legge and Tom Kristensen. And Mathias Lauda who was 1.3 seconds slower than di Resta finished tenth.
Thursday will be the fourth and final day of the Hockenheim tests. And in about two weeks, DTM will return to Hockenheim. From 15th to 17th May, 2009, the rich in tradition circuit will be the venue of the DTM season opener.