Forward of its swap from Class One to GT3 equipment, the DTM held a two-day take a look at on the former German Grand Prix venue from 7-8 April, with the info from the operating for use to finalise the BoP for the brand new season.
After the pitlane was opened at 9am native time, 2017 Audi TT Cup champion Philip Ellis set the early tempo for Winward Mercedes, main team-mate Auer by three tenths together with his finest effort of 1m36.971s.
The occasions tumbled shortly within the second morning session, with Ellis himself gaining six tenths on his earlier benchmark to enhance to 1m36.351s.
Nonetheless, that wouldn’t show sufficient to remain on prime, with each DTM returnee Daniel Juncadella (GruppeM) and Haupt Racing Crew’s Vincent Abril eclipsing his time within the second morning session.
However Auer managed to go even faster within the dying moments of the take a look at, the Winward Mercedes driver leaping from sixth to first with a last-gasp effort of 1m36.153s.
The Austrian driver’s finest time was simply 0.02s faster than Abril, however over 4 tenths sooner than the time with which Maximilan Gotz topped the first day of running on Wednesday.
Juncadella ended the day third quickest with a time of 1m36.251s, with Ellis ultimately slotting into fourth forward of team-mate Gotz.
Daniel Juncadella, GruppeM Racing, Mercedes AMG GT3
Picture by: DTM
Ex-Components 2 driver Arjun Maini acquired a full day of operating within the GetSpeed Mercedes, having shared driving duties with tester Fabian Scheller on Wednesday.
The Indian racer ended up 0.365s off the tempo in sixth, forward of 2013 champion Mike Rockenfeller – who was the highest non-Mercedes runner in seventh driving the Abt Audi R8 LMS.
GT3 ace Maximilian Buhk completed eighth for Mucke Motorsport, deputising for two-time champion Gary Paffett, who’s at the moment in Rome to meet his Components E reserve duties with Mercedes.
Crimson Bull driver Alex Albon completed the day ninth quickest on the AlphaTauri-liveried Ferrari 488 GT3 with a time of 1m37.012s, with Kelvin van der Linde’s morning effort of 1m37.114s proving ok for tenth earlier than he handed over the Abt automobile to team-mate Rockenfeller within the afternoon.
Not one of the BMWs featured inside the highest 10, with two-time champion Marco Wittmann the top-placed driver from the Munich-based producer’s steady in twelfth behind the second Crimson Bull-backed Ferrari of Liam Lawson.
Aside from Paffett, Crew Rosberg’s Nico Muller was additionally absent from motion on Thursday as a consequence of clashing commitments with Dragon/Penske in Components E.
The DTM will maintain one other three-day take a look at on the Lausitzring on 4-6 Might previous to the season opener at Monza on 19-20 June.