Canadian @robertwickens quickest @MercedesAMGDTM driver in Day 1 of #DTM test

Canadian Robert Wickens posted the quickest time of four Mercedes drivers in the first day of a three-day DTM test at the Oschersleben Circuit.

The Guelph, Ont., native’s time of 1 minute 20.133 seconds was second overall behind BMW driver and reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann. Wickens was 0.220 seconds faster than the next quickest driver in a Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM, Gary Paffett.

Overall, that wasn’t a bad day of testing today,” Wickens said.

“We had a lot to do and were able to work through our program. Lap times aren’t all that significant in testing. I’m already looking forward to Hockenheim.”

All three of the DTM manufacturers will participate in the three-day test ahead of the May 1 season opener at Hockenheim. The best Audi driver was Nico Müller in eighth, 0.638 seconds off Wittmann’s pace.

The other Canadian in the series, 2012 champion Bruno Spengler, did not drive on Day 1.