Start of Lausitzring testing: Swiss #DTM rookie the first to top the time sheets in mixed conditions

On Tuesday morning, Swiss Philip Ellis was the first driver to top the time sheets in the three-day DTM test at DEKRA Lausitzring. With the Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by the WINWARD team, the DTM newcomer completed his fastest lap of the 4.570 kilometres long track south of Cottbus in 1m45.816s. His Spanish fellow Mercedes driver Daniel Juncadella (GruppeM, 1m46.209s) followed in second place, ex-champion Mike Rockenfeller (GER, 1m46.319) followed in third place with the ABT Sportsline Audi R8 LMS.

Fastest Ferrari driver was Red Bull Formula 1 man Alex Albon (THA, 1m48.961s) in sixth while Timo Glock  (GER, ROWE Racing) was the best-placed BMW driver, classified ninth with 1m50.163s. However, lap times were hardly meaningful because rain already slowed down the pace after only a few laps and the drivers then concentrated on testing in wet track conditions. Still, DTM returnee Maximilian Götz (GER, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT) racked up 49 laps and was the busiest driver in the morning, followed by his teammate Vincent Abril (MON) with 46 laps.

Fastest driver from the junior race series DTM Trophy was Michael Schrey (GER, 1m55.440s) with his BMW M4 GT run by Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport, followed by DTM Esports champion Moritz Löhner (GER, 1m55.818s) with the Mercedes-AMG GT (CV Performance Group) and Dane Patrik Matthiesen (1m56.020s) with the PROsport Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT.

Testing continues in the afternoon and ends on Thursday evening