Robin Frijns steals top time in Brands Hatch first practice

Robin Frijns steals top time in Brands Hatch first practice

Robin Frijns
Photo: ITR e.V.

The first of two shortened Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters practice sessions at Brands Hatch saw Audi Sport’s Robin Frijns fastest after a very closely-packed session.

The times rapidly dropped as the session progressed, with Augusto Farfus setting the pace with increasing consistency, before the sub 1m20s barrier was passed with 18 minutes and ten seconds completed by both Frijns and Juncadella.

The Dutch driver set his best lap time of a 1:19.515 on his last lap of the session, ahead of Mercedes’ Daniel Juncadella, Loïc Duval and Mike Rockenfeller, who were all split by 0.469 seconds.

Nico Müller made it four Audis in the top five, as the Swiss driver only mustered a best time of 1:20.130, ahead of Italy’s Edoardo Mortara, who was sixth quickest.

Defending champion René Rast was also in the top five at certain points of the session, but would place seventh fastest, ahead of initial pacesetter Farfus, who was the best of the BMWs in eighth.

Two-time champion Marco Wittmann and Munich stable mate Timo Glock rounded off the top ten, ahead of title contender Paul Di Resta.

2015 champion Pascal Wehrlein was 12th quickest ahead of Audi Sport Team Rosberg’s Jamie Green, whilst the Stuttgart pair of Austria’s Lucas Auer and current points leader Gary Paffett were 14th and 15th quickest.

Phillip Eng would lead a trio of BMWs at the bottom of the timesheets, as the Austria was 16th with a 1:21.101, ahead of Bruno Spengler and fellow rookie Joel Eriksson.

Second free practice gets underway at 0935 local time, lasting for 25 minutes.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:19.515 0.000
2 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 18 1:19.716 0.201
3 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 15 1:19.874 0.359
4 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 19 1:19.984 0.469
5 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:20.130 0.615
6 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 13 1:20.152 0.637
7 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:20.322 0.807
8 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 18 1:20.336 0.821
9 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 13 1:20.439 0.924
10 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 18 1:20.592 1.077
11 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 19 1:20.654 1.139
12 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 17 1:20.660 1.145
13 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:20.696 1.181
14 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 17 1:20.830 1.315
15 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 18 1:20.917 1.402
16 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 17 1:21.101 1.586
17 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 18 1:21.385 1.870
18 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 17 1:21.665 2.150