On Wednesday, the third of the four official DTM test days held at Brands Hatch, Tom Kristensen once again set the fastest lap time, in his Audi A4 DTM. On Tuesday, the Dane had also been the quickest. In his fastest lap of day three, Kristensen crossed the line in 41.688 seconds, with his brand mates Mattias Ekström, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Frank Stippler finishing second, third and fourth respectively. Behind the wheel of his AMG-Mercedes C-Class, two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen took fifth place.
Tom Kristensen (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline): “I completed many long-runs today and we could test a lot of things. Then I went out on a new set of tyres and succeeded in setting the fastest lap time. I’m really looking forward to the race in Brands Hatch as the people here are true motor racing enthusiasts. They love motor racing and certainly will also love DTM. I expect to see a huge crowd of inspired spectators here, in July.”
22nd March 2006 – Combined result
1 Kristensen, Tom Audi Sport Team Abt 200 41.688
2 Ekström, Mattias Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 173 41.869 + 0.181
3 Frentzen, Heinz-Harald Audi Sport Team Abt 118 41.932 + 0.244
4 Stippler, Frank Audi Sport Team Rosberg 109 42.108 + 0.420
5 Häkkinen, Mika AMG-Mercedes 199 42.141 + 0.453