Frentzen Quick in the Rain

Heinz-Harald Frentzen has driven his Opel to the top of the timesheets once again on day three of the DTM Spa Francorchamps test, despite inclement weather throughout the day

Frentzen Quick in the Rain

Opel have concentrated on developing a good wet weather setup, and on the day's evidence they seem to have found it, before spending most of the afternoon practicing pitstops.

After the session Frentzen noted: "In preparing for the season this wet weather practice has been very important." Opel will clearly be hoping for more rain when the season commences.

DTM champion Mattias Ekström ran his first ever laps around Spa at the wheel of a 2004 Joest Audi, while ex-Formula One champion Mika Hakkinen was a lowly twelfth fastest on his DTM debut on the track that he has enjoyed so much in the past.

Both drivers were hoping for some dry running on the final day of the test, but unfortunately they are likely to be disappointed - local forecasts suggest more rain is on the way.

DTM Spa Francorchamps Test - Day Three:

Pos Driver Make Time Laps 1. Heinz-Harald Frentzen Opel Vectra GTS V8 2m29.588 29 2. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 2m29.981 43 3. Marcel Fässler Opel Vectra GTS V8 2m30.115 32 4. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2m30.319 37 5. Stefan Mücke AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2m30.438 52 6. Pierre Kaffer Audi A4 DTM 2m30.654 53 7. Laurent Aiello Opel Vectra GTS V8 2m30.698 33 8. Mattias Ekström Audi A4 DTM 2m30.936 61 9. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2m31.054 46 10. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2m31.102 35 11. Rinaldo Capello Audi A4 DTM 2m31.135 42 12. Mika Häkkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2m31.173 48
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