Saturday test: Schneider on top

Last weekend he was beaten to this year's DTM title by Abt Audi's Laurent Aiello, but AMG Mercedes star Bernd Schneider is out for revenge in the series finale at Hockenheim on Sunday

Saturday test: Schneider on top

Schneider lapped the German Grand Prix track in 1m35.750s in the final free practice session ahead of qualifying, well clear of team-mates Uwe Alzen and Jean Alesi. Audi's Mattias Ekstrom, the only man who can deny Schneider the runner-up spot, was fourth fastest ahead of team-mates Martin Tomczyk and Aiello.

Opel, which has dominated the weekend thus far, slipped back down the order today. Timo Scheider (Team Holzer) was seventh fastest, with Alain Menu (Euroteam) and Michael Bartels (Team Holzer) also in the top 10.

The Abt Audis of Tomczyk (twice), Christian Abt and Karl Wendlinger all spun, while Bernd Maylander planted his Mercedes in the Sachskurve gravel trap. Also in trouble was Thomas Jager, whose right-rear wheel attempted to part company on his first flying lap. Jager's team-mate Peter Dumbreck was fastest of the 2001 Mercs in 15th place.

DTM returnee Johnny Cecotto (Euroteam Opel) was an impressive 17th as he gets to grips with the carbon brakes of his Astra V8 Coupe.


Bernd Schneider (D) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m35.750s
Uwe Alzen (D) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m35.913s
Jean Alesi (F) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m36.133s
Mattias Ekström (S) Abt-Audi TT-R, 1m36.180s
Martin Tomczyk (D) Abt-Audi TT-R, 1m36.197s
Laurent Aiello (F) Abt-Audi TT-R, 1m36.343s
Timo Scheider (D) Holzer Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 1m36.356s
Marcel Fässler (CH) AMG Mercedes-Bend CLK, 1m36.466s
Alain Menu (CH) Euroteam Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 1m36.479s
Michael Bartels (D) Holzer Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 1m36.515s
Manuel Reuter (D) Phoenix Opel Astra V8 Coupe, 1m36.666s
Christian Abt (D) Abt-Audi TT-R, 1m36.685s
Karl Wendlinger (A) Abt-Audi TT-R, 1m36.767s
Joachim Winkelhock (D) Phoenix Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 1m36.807s
Peter Dumbreck (GB) Persson Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m37.196s
Christijan Albers (NL) Rosberg Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m37.247s
Johnny Cecotto (YV) Eutoteam Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 1m37.683s
Bernd Maylander (D) Manthey Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m37.781s
Patrick Huisman (NL) Manthey Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m37.732s
Stefan Mücke (D) Rosberg Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m37.800s
Thomas Jäger (D) Persson Mercedes-Benz CLK three-wheeler, 13m13.772s

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