Robert Shwartzmann dominates Practice at Sachsenring


Russian Robert Shwartzman continues to go from strength to strength after he topped both practice sessions on Friday. This puts him as favourite to take pole around the 3.6km Sachsenring circuit.

The Mucke Motorsport driver was impressive throughout, while his time in the first session will remain as the benchmark going into qualifying after the second practice was more heavily affected by rain.

In the damp morning conditions, Shwartzman set a 1:31.876, ensuring he was the only driver to break the 1 minute 32 second barrier. While Jason Kremer had an unusually good session to finish second. The young German has only scored one point this year, but knows about starting from the front having earned a reverse grid pole at the Lausitzring.

Behind them in the opening session was the championship contenders. Joel Eriksson was third fastest managing to set a time 0.042 quicker than Marvin Dienst who finished in fourth. However; in the rain affected second practice, Dienst would hit back, managing to set the second quickest time.

The other championship contender; Joey Mawson would line up sixth quickest behind Marek Bockmann in the opening session, with the German continuing his form of being quick in practice. But with only nine points this season, Bockmann will be hoping to improve his luck at the weekend.

Giorgio Maggi didn’t compete in the final few minutes of the opening practice session and would fall to seventh overall, staying ahead of rookie David Beckmann who was 1.1 seconds off Shwartzman at the head of the table.

Second practice was notable slower than the first, with the running being interrupted by two red flag periods, the final of which was caused by as Mauro Auricchio, who spun off track in the closing stages. The session would not resume as the clock counted down.