Habsburg tops the second day of testing

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Audi driver Ferdinand von Habsburg has set the pace on the second day of the pre-season DTM test at Nürburgring after posting a best lap time of 1m19.319s.

Following the first day of testing on Monday, the DTM field continued its work at Nürburgring today, trying to get ready for the 2020 season of the German Tourenwagen Masters.

Ferdinand Habsburg clocked in a time of 1m19.319s that was enough to top today’s session. Philipp Eng was just 10 thousands of a second slower with his BMW M4 DTM car while Jamie Green secured the third spot with a time of 1m19.503s.

Improving just under eight tenths of a second on his time from day one, Robert Kubica went on to set the eighth best time with a time of 1m19.783s.

The session-topping Austrian driver who drove an R-Motorsport-run Aston Martin in 2019 has joined Audi for the forthcoming season. Habsburg said that the main object was to get used to his new team and new ’race office’.

“Today, it was again about getting familiar with the team and the car and getting to know the new mechanics and engineers. Things are going really well: we ended up being fastest today. We are happy,” he said.

DTM has revealed that a detailed and effective infection protection plan has been implemented for the Nürburing pre-season testing. The main principle is to avoid contacts that are not necessary.

„Defined zones are allocated to the organisations involves, such as the manufacturers Audi and BMW or tyre supplier Hankook. Here, sub-zones are in place, for instance for the teams. The manufacturers and their hygiene delegate are responsible for these areas. In every zone, the regular hygiene rules apply, face masks are to be worn permanently,” read the statement.

Everyone who leaves his allocated zone has to wear an FFP 2 mask and protective gloves. Moreover, every participant in the test sessions, so all personnel on site, is having the body temperature checked by his hygiene delegate. Should someone show signs of fever or other typical symptoms, a quick test is carried out.