Test 1: Alesi heads early going

He might not especially like the point and squirt nature of the legendary Norisring track, but Jean Alesi was fastest in the opening test session for this weekend's fifth round of the DTM

Test 1: Alesi heads early going

Alesi (AMG Mercedes) lapped the 2.3km track in 49.840s, a whole tenth quicker than four cars that were covered by just 0.04s. Reigning champion Laurent Aiello (Abt Audi) headed the train, ahead of double race winner Christijan Albers (Mercedes), Martin Tomczyk (Audi) and series leader Bernd Schneider (Mercedes).

Peter Dumbreck was again the fastest of the Opels in sixth, but was over a quarter of a second down on Alesi, which is a lot to give away on such a short track. Norisring specialist Joachim Winkelhock was seventh in another Opel, ahead of Marcel Fassler (Mercedes), Timo Scheider (Opel) and the first of the 2002-spec Mercs, impressive DTM rookie Gary Paffett.

Stay tuned to autosport.com for all the news from the Norisring as it happens.


Jean Alesi (F) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 49.840s
Laurent Aiello (F) Abt-Audi TT-R, 49.952s
Christijan Albers (NL) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 49.959s
Martin Tomczyk (D) Abt-Audi TT-R, 49.984s
Bernd Schneider (D) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 49.993s
Peter Dumbreck (GB) Phoenix Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 50.101s
Joachim Winkelhock (D) Euroteam Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 50.119s
Marcel Fässler (CH) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 50.172s
Timo Scheider (D) Phoenix Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 50.196s
Gary Paffett (GB) 2002 Rosberg Mercedes CLK, 50.212s

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