Warm-up: Aiello back on top

As the reigning DTM champion, Abt-Audi's Laurent Aiello hasn't had much to cheer this season. But at least he topped the warm-up times ahead of today's seventh round of the series at the Nurburgring and will start from the front row

Warm-up: Aiello back on top

Aiello lapped the Sprint course version of the European GP venue in 1m25.432s, a tenth ahead of Opel's Peter Dumbreck. Making it three marques in the top three positions was Bernd Schneider, although his Mercedes clashed with the Audi of Karl Wendlinger early in the session.

Also hitting a few problems in the half-hour session was Schneider's chief title rival, Christijan Albers, whose Merc CLK's nose acted like a snowplough when a pitstop went wrong and he pushed one of the wheels that had been taken off his car along the pit lane. Fortunately, the rogue wheel soon bounced its way harmlessly out of the way. Albers finished the session fourth, a tenth behind Schneider.

Just a single thousandth behind Albers was today's pole man, Mattias Ekstrom. Marcel Fassler (Mercedes), Christian Abt (Audi), Donington winner Jean Alesi (Mercedes), Alain Menu (Opel) and Martin Tomczyk completed the top 10.

OPC Euroteam Opel drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen and Joachim Winkelhock both spun during the session.


Laurent Aiello (F) Abt-Audi TT-R, 1m25.261s
Peter Dumbreck (GB) Phoenix Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 1m25.524s
Bernd Schneider (D) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m25.031s
Christijan Albers (NL) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m25.529s
Mattias Ekstrom (S) Abt-Audi TT-R, 1m25.044s
Marcel Fässler (CH) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m25.663s
Christian Abt (D) Abt-Audi TT-R, 1m25.099s
Jean Alesi (F) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m25.575s
Alain Menu (CH) Holzer Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 1m25.498s
Martin Tomczyk (D) Abt-Audi TT-R, 1m25.099s

shares
comments
Super-Pole: Ekstrom lights it up

Previous article

Super-Pole: Ekstrom lights it up

Next article

Nurburgring: Aiello ends Audi's drought

Nurburgring: Aiello ends Audi's drought
Load comments
How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream" Plus

How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream"

Having learned the ropes in GT3 alongside Rene Rast, Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way from settled just yet

DTM
Sep 18, 2021
The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive Plus

The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive

Switching to GT3 regulations marked a fresh start for the DTM in 2021, but it has also drawn a line in the sand against other series using similar cars by engaging AVL Racing to develop a bespoke Balance of Performance system. Here’s how it works

DTM
Jul 23, 2021
The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars Plus

The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars

OPINION: Facing collapse last year, the DTM has shifted its philosophy from a championship for silhouette-based touring cars to GT machines not too dissimilar to those racing across multiple series worldwide. But despite some initial BoP-based teething troubles, there were some pleasant findings as the 'new DTM' got underway at Monza

DTM
Jun 22, 2021
Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM Plus

Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM

The DTM moves into its bold new GT3 era with welcome support from Red Bull, which enters two AF Corse-run Ferraris. That includes one for ex-F1 driver Alex Albon, who’s determined to make a success of his GT switch - but he knows it won't be easy...

DTM
Jun 17, 2021
The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king Plus

The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king

It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One rule set, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race

DTM
Oct 13, 2020
How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror Plus

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror

Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did

DTM
Sep 23, 2020
The season that revitalised a sleeping giant Plus

The season that revitalised a sleeping giant

On the 20th anniversary of the resumption of hostilities in the DTM, Autosport revisits a classic season that brought a staple of German motorsport back to life with a bang and set in motion the careers of some notable names

DTM
May 28, 2020
Does 2000 hold the answers to DTM's current crisis? Plus

Does 2000 hold the answers to DTM's current crisis?

It's 20 years since the DTM roared back into life at a packed Hockenheim with a back-to-basics approach as the antidote to its high-tech past. Now it's on its knees again, so is it time to recall the lessons learned in 2000?

DTM
May 28, 2020