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Wittmann tops final day at Barcelona

30 March 2013

BMW's Marco Wittmann stood at the top of timesheets on the final day of DTM testing at Barcelona, while Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein followed behind in second ensuring a rookie one-two lockout.

Wittmann set a time of 1 minute 06.451 seconds giving the BMW man a 0.236 second margin over the Mercedes of Wehrlein in second position.

Despite setting the pace on day 4, the German, who steps up into the MTEK squad this season after serving his apprenticeship as a reserve for BMW last season, couldn't match the ultimate pace of Gary Paffett set on Wednesday and trailed three-tenths behind.

“I was really looking forward to the test here at Barcelona,” said Wittmann.

“After all, it was my first outing with my new Ice-Watch BMW M3 DTM. I felt really comfortable in the car, and the relationship with BMW Team MTEK is already very good.

“It's important for us to get used to each another and optimise the work flow to make sure we will be in the best possible shape for the season opener. And today was a good step on the way to achieving this goal.”

Meanwhile, Christian Vietoris completed the top three for Mercedes as the German led the Audi duo of Timo Scheider and Miguel Molina, who finished the test fourth and fifth with Roberto Mehri keeping in close company as the sixth fastest man of the day.

Mattias Ekstrom and Edoardo Mortara posted times good enough for seventh and eighth as the BMW's of Joey Hand, Andy Priaulx and Dirk Werner assumed the final three positions all more than a second off the pace.


by Simon Evans


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