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Di Resta on top in rain-affected practice

Photo by ITR e.V.Mercedes’ Paul di Resta topped the times in a rain-affected second practice for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters at the Nürburgring, with the top time of 1:23.578 being posted in the first 25 minutes of the session.

The session had begun on a perfectly dry track following this morning’s earlier damp first practice, with the initial laptimes being around three tenths slower than the best qualifying lap from 2013.

However the heavens opened around halfway through the hour-long session, making it impossible for drivers to post any improvements.

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Audi’s Timo Scheider was second fastest, just 0.009 seconds slower than Scot Di Resta. Indeed the top six cars were covered by less than a tenth of a second, with BMW’s Marco Wittmann in third followed by António Félix da Costa, early morning pace-setter Timo Glock and Adrien Tambay.

Nico Müller was seventh fastest in his Rosberg Audi, ahead of Daniel Juncadella in eighth who was the only other Mercedes driver inside the top ten.

Championship contenders Bruno Spengler and Mattias Ekström completed the top ten.

In total the top 21 cars were covered by less than a second, with only Vitaly Petrov (22nd) and Joey Hand (23rd) more than a second off the pace.

Qualifying takes place at 13:45 CEST (12:45 BST).

Top ten times

1 6 Paul di RESTA AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 25 1:23.578
2 2 Timo SCHEIDER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 26 1:23.587 0.009
3 23 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 23 1:23.594 0.016
4 18 António Félix da COSTA BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 24 1:23.602 0.024
5 17 Timo GLOCK BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 27 1:23.629 0.051
6 16 Adrien TAMBAY Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 24 1:23.640 0.062
7 22 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 27 1:23.752 0.174
8 19 Daniel JUNCADELLA Petronas AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 23 1:23.768 0.190
9 9 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 26 1:23.830 0.252
10 7 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 25 1:23.872 0.294

Complete session results

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