Alex Albon has set the fastest time on Wednesday morning during DTM’s second pre-season test at the Lausitzring.
The former Red Bull F1 driver topped the timesheets in his AlphaTauri-liveried Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, which is operated by Italian sportscar stalwarts AF Corse.
Albon’s best time of 01:43:486 was enough to beat out the Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo of HRT’s Maxi Götz by 0.177s. Götz set the most laps in the morning session by posting 46 laps around the German circuit.
Third behind Albon and Götz was the second of the two Red Bull-backed Ferraris, driven by Red Bull junior Liam Lawson.
The top six was completed by the Mercedes runners of Lucas Auer (Team Winward), Arjun Maini (GetSpeed) and Philip Ellis (Team Winward), while 2020 runner-up Nico Müller was the fastest Audi runner Team Rosberg in seventh place, just over half a second behind Albon.
The top ten was completed by veterans Daniel Juncadella, Mike Rockenfeller and Gary Paffett.
Mercedes lock out Tuesday running
Before Albon beat Götz to the early fastest time on Wednesday morning, the German driver was fastest in a Tuesday session that was dominated by Mercedes-AMG.
The Mercedes-AMG Team HRT driver led a top-five lockout for the German marque on Tuesday, leading with a time of 01:43.840.
That put him 0.320s clear of GruppeM’s Daniel Juncadella, with Philip Ellis and Lucas Auer third and fourth for Team Winward respectively.
Arjun Maini completed the top five for the three-pointed star in his Team GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, ahead of the two AF Corse Ferraris of Albon and Lawson in sixth and seventh.
Behind them was the Abt Sportsline Audi of Kelvin van der Linde, with another Mercedes ninth thanks to Gary Paffett, while Nico Müller rounded out the top ten.
DTM’s pre-season testing completes with a third day of running at the Lausitzring on Thursday.