Mattias Ekstrom puts Audi on top as 2017 tyres appear in DTM test

Audi's Mattias Ekstrom ended BMW's stronghold on the DTM pre-season test at Hockenheim

Mattias Ekstrom puts Audi on top as 2017 tyres appear in DTM test

BMW drivers Augusto Farfus and Tom Blomqvist had topped the first two days of the only official running before the 2016 season starts at the circuit next month.

One of three drivers testing potential 2017 DTM tyres for Hankook, two-time champion Ekstrom topped the Thursday times with a 1m32.964s lap set in the afternoon.

The morning session was wet, with another driver testing for Hankook, Mercedes' Daniel Juncadella, leading the way.

In dry conditions, Juncadella finished the afternoon as Ekstrom's closest challenger, 0.177 seconds behind, while BMW's Martin Tomczyk was third.

Timo Scheider and Miguel Molina were fourth and fifth, ahead of Mercedes' Gary Paffett.

Marco Wittmann and Bruno Spengler took seventh and eighth, with Adrien Tambay and Nico Muller completing the top 10.

Mercedes finished with three of the bottom five drivers, as the Hankook running took the tally of drivers in action from 12 to 15.

Robert Wickens and Paul di Resta were 11th and 12th - but only three tenths off Paffett's lap - while Christian Vietoris rounded out the order, 1.339s slower than Ekstrom.

The test concludes on Friday.

MORNING TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Juncadella Mercedes 1m42.802s - 67
2 Maxime Martin BMW 1m42.977s 0.175s 39
3 Timo Scheider Audi 1m43.044s 0.242s 34
4 Christian Vietoris Mercedes 1m43.099s 0.297s 45
5 Adrien Tambay Audi 1m43.339s 0.537s 43
6 Nico Muller Audi 1m43.983s 1.181s 31
7 Gary Paffett Mercedes 1m44.462s 1.660s 35
8 Bruno Spengler BMW 1m44.628s 1.826s 42
9 Augusto Farfus BMW 1m45.355s 2.553s 29
10 Marco Wittmann BMW 1m45.999s 3.197s 42
11 Miguel Molina Audi 1m46.102s 3.300s 34
12 Robert Wickens Mercedes 1m46.417s 3.615s 15
13 Paul Di Resta Mercedes 1m46.419s 3.617s 17
14 Martin Tomczyk BMW 1m46.447s 3.645s 40
15 Mattias Ekstrom Audi 1m47.326s 4.524s 58

AFTERNOON TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Mattias Ekstrom Audi 1m32.964s - 60
2 Daniel Juncadella Mercedes 1m33.141s 0.177s 56
3 Martin Tomczyk BMW 1m33.259s 0.295s 64
4 Timo Scheider Audi 1m33.285s 0.321s 65
5 Miguel Molina Audi 1m33.413s 0.449s 77
6 Gary Paffett Mercedes 1m33.417s 0.453s 75
7 Marco Wittmann BMW 1m33.525s 0.561s 87
8 Bruno Spengler BMW 1m33.593s 0.629s 65
9 Adrien Tambay Audi 1m33.616s 0.652s 61
10 Nico Muller Audi 1m33.637s 0.673s 48
11 Robert Wickens Mercedes 1m33.652s 0.688s 90
12 Paul Di Resta Mercedes 1m33.751s 0.787s 71
13 Augusto Farfus BMW 1m33.837s 0.873s 76
14 Maxime Martin BMW 1m33.972s 1.008s 72
15 Christian Vietoris Mercedes 1m34.303s 1.339s 49


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