DTM Hockenheim testing: Spengler heads four days of running for BMW

BMW driver Bruno Spengler set the quickest time across four days of pre-season DTM testing at Hockenheim, edging out new Audi recruit Robin Frijns by less than half a tenth

DTM Hockenheim testing: Spengler heads four days of running for BMW

Spengler, the 2012 champion, set the pace during Wednesday's morning session, recording a best time of 1m32.089s.

That lap meant the Canadian driver ended up 0.045 seconds clear of Frijns and 0.080s ahead of Mercedes returnee Pascal Wehrlein, who made it three different marques in the top three.

The fastest seven times from the four-day test were all recorded on Wednesday morning, with Augusto Farfus and Marco Wittmann making it three BMW drivers in the top five ahead of Audi's Mike Rockenfeller.

Mercedes driver Dani Juncadella was seventh, and was driving after breaking his collarbone at the start of the month, and completed a total of 176 laps across Tuesday and Wednesday.

Reigning champion Rene Rast was among those who sat out Wednesday's action, but the Audi driver was quickest of all on Thursday and set the eighth-fastest time of the week early in the afternoon.

Nico Muller (Audi) was ninth after setting the pace on the opening day, while Timo Glock (BMW) completed the top 10 just ahead of Tuesday's pacesetter Gary Paffett (Mercedes).

European Formula 3 graduate Joel Eriksson was 14th - a place ahead of fellow BMW newcomer Philipp Eng - having been second on Tuesday behind series veteran Paffett.

Fastest times

Position Driver Car Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
1. Bruno Spengler BMW 1m32.985 - 1m32.089s -
2. Robin Frijns Audi - 1m33.529s 1m32.134s 1.33.246s
3. Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1m33.524s - 1m32.169s 1m33.059s
4. Augusto Farfus BMW 1m33.079s - 1m32.180s -
5. Marco Wittmann BMW 1m32.878s - 1m32.227s -
6. Mike Rockenfeller Audi 1m32.962s - 1m32.281s -
7. Dani Juncadella Mercedes - 1m32.870s 1m32.361s -
8. Rene Rast Audi - 1m33.375s - 1m32.459s
9. Nico Muller Audi 1m32.665s - 1m33.239s 1m33.184s
10. Timo Glock BMW - 1m33.132s - 1m32.749s
11. Gary Paffett Mercedes 1m33.591s 1m32.759s - -
12. Lucas Auer Mercedes - - 1m32.912s 1m32.789s
13. Jamie Green Audi 1m33.787s - 1m32.805s -
14. Joel Eriksson BMW - 1m32.840s - 1m32.810s
15. Philipp Eng BMW - 1m33.222s - 1m32.827s
16. Paul di Resta Mercedes 1m33.903s - 1m33.487s 1m33.023s
17. Edoardo Mortara Mercedes 1m33.496s 1m33.095s - -
18. Loic Duval Audi - 1m33.741s - 1m33.418s
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