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Farfus fastest in second Spielberg practice

Photo by BMW AGBMW’s Augusto Farfus topped the times in second practice for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, denying Mercedes’ Christian Vietoris first position.

Farfus posted the top time in the final five minutes of the hour-long session, ending up 0.208 seconds ahead of Vietoris, who also improved at the end.

There was more action than in first practice, with the session being red-flagged for around ten minutes at the half-way stage when Mercedes’ Paul di Resta went off at the penultimate corner. The Scot suffered rear-end damage to his C-Coupé and did not post a time in the session.

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The top Audi driver was Miguel Molina in third, with the Spaniard having topped the times for around half the session before being demoted in the final fifteen minutes.

Jamie Green was fourth fastest in his Rosberg Audi, ahead of Mercedes’ Robert Wickens in fifth. Canadian Wickens had earlier risen to the top of the times with his effort of 1:25.571 with around 18 minutes remaining.

Schnitzer BMW driver Martin Tomczyk was sixth fastest, ahead of MTEK BMW driver António Félix da Costa in seventh.

Completing the top ten were Mücke Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein, BMW Team MTEK’s Timo Glock and BMW Team Schnitzer’s Bruno Spengler.

Despite having posted fastest laps early on in the session, Audi’s Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider ended second practice in 14th and 17th position respectively, with Ekström not improving his lap after ten minutes.

Qualifying takes place at 17:10 BST (18:10 CEST).

Top ten times

1 3 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 27 1:25.247
2 5 Christian VIETORIS Original-Teile AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 23 1:25.455 0.208
3 8 Miguel MOLINA Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 26 1:25.475 0.228
4 21 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 23 1:25.528 0.281
5 12 Robert WICKENS FREE MAN’S WORLD AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 21 1:25.571 0.324
6 10 Martin TOMCZYK BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 25 1:25.573 0.326
7 18 António Félix da COSTA BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 23 1:25.583 0.336
8 25 Pascal WEHRLEIN gooix AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 22 1:25.586 0.339
9 17 Timo GLOCK BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 25 1:25.623 0.376
10 9 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 24 1:25.655 0.408

Complete session results

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