DTM testing: Augusto Farfus completes BMW domination at Hockenheim

Augusto Farfus completed BMW's domination of this week's official DTM test at Hockenheim by setting the pace on the final day of pre-season running on Friday

DTM testing: Augusto Farfus completes BMW domination at Hockenheim

The RBM driver, last year's highest-scoring rookie in the series, beat his champion stablemate Bruno Spengler by 0.213 seconds on the timesheets, setting the pace in 1m32.976s.

Farfus completed 115 laps during the day in his team-mate Joey Hand's M3 while Schnitzer driver Spengler ended up with a total of 91 laps in the bag.

"The weather played a major role in this test. It alternated between rain and dry conditions," said Farfus.

"It is always beneficial to be able to complete a few laps in the wet, of course, but we would really have preferred more consistent conditions to allow us to prepare for the new season. Despite this, the overall impression is a positive one.

"Although preparations for the new season were generally very short, we are on the right track with regard to the start of the season."

Timo Glock made it a BMW 1-2-3 in his MTEK car, with Christian Vietoris the best of the Mercedes drivers in fourth.

Mike Rockenfeller was Audi's highest-placed driver, the German putting his Phoenix RS5 sixth, ahead of Andy Priaulx's RMG BMW.

Pos  Driver              Car          Time       Gap
 1.  Augusto Farfus      RBM BMW            1m32.976s
 2.  Bruno Spengler      Schnitzer BMW      1m33.189s  + 0.213s
 3.  Timo Glock          MTEK BMW           1m33.320s  + 0.344s
 4.  Christian Vietoris  HWA Mercedes       1m33.453s  + 0.477s
 5.  Pascal Wehrlein     RSC Mucke Mercedes 1m33.582s  + 0.606s
 6.  Mike Rockenfeller   Phoenix Audi       1m33.630s  + 0.654s
 7.  Andy Priaulx        RMG BMW            1m33.715s  + 0.739s
 8.  Robert Wickens      HWA Mercedes       1m33.844s  + 0.868s
 9.  Filipe Albuquerque  Rosberg Audi       1m33.897s  + 0.921s
10.  Mattias Ekstrom     Abt Audi           1m34.370s  + 1.394s
11.  Timo Scheider       Abt Audi           1m34.922s  + 1.946s
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