Aiello tops Hockenheim test 1

Laurent Aiello proved he's going out at the peak of his powers after he set the fastest time in the opening test session today at Hockenheim ahead of this weekend's DTM finale

Aiello tops Hockenheim test 1

The 36-year-old Frenchman, the most successful touring car racer of his generation, retires from motorsport this weekend, but lapped the German GP venue in 1:49.389s in damp conditions, a tenth clear of Opel teammate Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who is also tipped to be making his last DTM start this weekend.

Audi's Frank Stippler was third fastest in his Joest-run 2004 car, ahead of the Abt-fettled 2005 car of Martin Tomczyk. Bernd Schneider was the top Mercedes in fifth place, with the third Opel of Marcel Fassler in sixth.

Championship protagonists, Gary Paffett (Mercedes) and Mattias Ekstrom (Audi) were down in 13th and 14th respectively. Ekstrom needs to win to have any chance of scooping the title.

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