Stippler fastest in final minute
The final minute of free practice of the DTM at Brands Hatch caused a huge surprise: Frank Stippler set the fastest time with the S line Audi A4 in 42.589 seconds. Driving a car from last year, the Rosberg driver was 0.280 seconds faster than Tom Kristensen, who had been fastest up to that point. Martin Tomczyk completed the Audi trio on top of the time sheets in third place.
Fastest Mercedes driver: Mika Häkkinen
Tom Kristensen and Mika Häkkinen had been dominating proceedings on top of the time screens for 59 minutes. At the end, the two times Formula 1 world champion from Finland was fastest Mercedes-Benz driver with his AMG-Mercedes C-Class in fourth place. Audi-drivers Mattias Ekström, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Pierre Kaffer were followed by the second-fastest Mercedes-Benz-driver, local hero Jamie Green.
Fastest lady racer was Susie Stoddart in 16th place. With her AutoScout24 AMG Mercedes C-Class, she was also best-placed driver with 2004-machinery. Vanina Ickx was 19th with the Original Zubehör Audi A4 behind Jeroen Bleekemolen (Futurecom Audi A4) and Mathias Lauda (Junge Gebrauchte AMG Mercedes C-Class). Stefan Mücke, who only did seven laps, ended the free practice session in 20th place.