René Rast fastest in changeable Misano final practice

The final free practice session for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters at Misano saw defending champion René Rast fastest, ahead of the final qualifying session of the weekend.

The Audi Sport driver posted a 1:28.528 around the 4.226-km circuit, just 0.007 seconds ahead of yesterday’s race winner Paul Di Resta, with the top three being completed by France’s Loïc Duval, who was only a further 0.041 seconds adrift.

Nico Müller was fourth fastest, ahead of a very happy Alex Zanardi, who was exactly 0.400 seconds behind pace setter Rast.

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Jamie Green was the fourth Audi Sport driver that ended up in the top ten, with the Briton sixth quickest, whilst Mike Rockenfeller and Robin Frijns showed the Ingolstadt marque’s pace, finishing behind the Briton and putting all Audis in the top ten.

Joel Eriksson was the next best placed of the BMW contingent in ninth, 0.123 seconds off Zanardi in fifth, whilst Edoardo Mortara completed the top ten.

Philipp Eng was 11th fastest, leading a trio of BMW drivers, with Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler in tow, whilst points leader Gary Paffett was all the way down the order in 14th place.

Daniel Juncadella, whose Mercedes suffered electrical issues in yesterday’s race, finished behind the 2005 champion in 14th, ahead of Marco Wittmann.

Augusto Farfus, Pascal Wehrlein and Lucas Auer completed the finishing order after the conclusion of the 30-minute session, as rainfall hit the circuit in the latter part.

Qualifying for the second night race in DTM history at Misano takes place at 2000 CEST (BST + 1 hour), lasting for 20 minutes.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 17 1:28.528 0.000
2 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 14 1:28.535 0.007
3 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 15 1:28.576 0.048
4 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:28.892 0.364
5 12 Alessandro ZANARDI BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 17 1:28.928 0.400
6 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:28.943 0.415
7 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 17 1:28.951 0.423
8 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 15 1:29.015 0.487
9 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 14 1:29.051 0.523
10 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 15 1:29.092 0.564
11 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 13 1:29.163 0.635
12 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 13 1:29.242 0.714
13 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 15 1:29.331 0.803
14 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 15 1:29.338 0.810
15 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 15 1:29.407 0.879
16 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 13 1:29.527 0.999
17 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 15 1:29.562 1.034
18 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 15 1:29.683 1.155
19 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 15 1:29.969 1.441
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