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Edoardo Mortara fastest again in second free practice

Photo: Audi Sport

Audi’s Edoardo Mortara went quickest in the dying seconds of the second free practice session for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) at the Hockenheimring this morning, ahead of stablemate Jamie Green and BMW’s Tom Blomqvist.

A drying track saw a lot of the drivers switch to slick tyres, where the current qualifying record from last year was bettered in the process. Mortara was faster than Green by 0.102 seconds, with  Blomqvist just a further 0.022 seconds down.

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Audi’s Timo Scheider, who is now in Team Phoenix for a second season, was fourth, ahead of Abt Audi’s Mattias Ekström.

Despite Paul Di Resta being in the top three for most of the session, the Brit ended up 11th, as Pascal Wehrlein was the fastest for Mercedes in eighth.

Miguel Molina showed his speed for most of the session, as last year’s Audi pole sitter at the Hockenheim finale was seventh, just behind Team RMG’s Marco Wittmann. 2013 champion Mike Rockenfeller and Augusto Farfus completed the top ten, just 0.360 seconds off the pace.

Robert Wickens had a difficult session, as the Canadian only completed just seven laps over the course of the 45 minute session, placing last, nearly six seconds off the pace in his Mercedes. Lucas Auer placed just ahead of him, but was 1.740 seconds off the pace set by Mortara.

The top 22 drivers were split by less than a second this morning, ahead of the first Saturday qualifying session of the year, which takes place at 12:00 CEST today (11.00 BST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 48 Edoardo MORTARA Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:32.672 0.000
2 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 17 1:32.774 0.102
3 31 Tom BLOMQVIST BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 21 1:32.796 0.124
4 10 Timo SCHEIDER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 19 1:32.806 0.134
5 5 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 17 1:32.826 0.154
6 1 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 18 1:32.843 0.171
7 17 Miguel MOLINA Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:32.904 0.232
8 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN gooix / Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 19 1:32.962 0.290
9 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 19 1:32.984 0.312
10 18 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 23 1:33.032 0.360
11 3 Paul di RESTA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 18 1:33.034 0.362
12 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 23 1:33.042 0.370
13 12 Daniel JUNCADELLA PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 20 1:33.161 0.489
14 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 20 1:33.162 0.490
15 77 Martin TOMCZYK BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 20 1:33.171 0.499
16 27 Adrien TAMBAY Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 19 1:33.203 0.531
17 2 Gary PAFFETT EURONICS / BWT Mercedes-AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 24 1:33.204 0.532
18 13 António Félix da COSTA BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 18 1:33.229 0.557
19 8 Christian VIETORIS gooix / Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 17 1:33.262 0.590
20 84 Maximilian GÖTZ PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 24 1:33.543 0.871
21 36 Maxime MARTIN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 20 1:33.572 0.900
22 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 18 1:33.612 0.940
23 22 Lucas AUER EURONICS / BWT Mercedes-AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 22 1:34.412 1.740
24 6 Robert WICKENS SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 7 1:38.607 5.935

Complete session results.

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