The second day of testing saw more action on track, with times tumbling towards the 1:38 bracket, as set by Miguel Molina in the revised RS5 DTM after yesterday’s outings. Audi Sport were keeping themselves at the top of the table once again, as Nico Müller set the fastest time of the day in team mate Jamie Green’s orange RS5.
The Swiss ace, who replaces the WEC and ELMS-bound Filipe Albuquerque, posted a time of 1:37.505 around the 4.381km Grand Prix circuit, as both Gary Paffett and Mattias Ekström were within four tenths of a second of the former World Series by Renault 3.5 driver as the day came to a close.
Paul Di Resta rounded out the top four in his C-Class AMG Coupe, ahead of BMW Motorsport‘s Marco Wittmann, who was top of the M4 DTM drivers of the day. Antonio Felix da Costa was at the top after the morning’s running, but was sixth as the best rookie of the day.
Joey Hand and Bruno Spengler were ahead of Vitaly Petrov, who is one of the many newcomers to the series, with Edoardo Mortara, two-time champion Timo Scheider and Pascal Wehrlein rounding out the time sheets of the twelve drivers that took part in the second of eight days that are being held both at Hungary and Hockeinheim.
Müller has had success in single seaters at the famed Hungaroring over the past four seasons in multiple categories, and found his first day behind the wheel to be a special moment, but knew that there is still a lot of work to be done: “It was particularly important for me to see that I felt really good in the team and in the car right from the start. We don’t really mind the times but nonetheless, it’s always nicer to be at the top of the time sheets than further down. We try to complete our programme and learn as much as possible for the season, in these tests. Therefore, we are very happy with what we achieved today.”
For day three of the test, further driver changes will be made, as the teams continue the preparations that will lead along the road to the first time that we see the lights go out for the beginning of another year’s racing.