Joel Eriksson fastest in second practice for Hockenheim season finale

Joel Eriksson fastest in second practice for Hockenheim season finale

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BMW Team RBM’s Joel Eriksson went fastest with a late lap in a tight second Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters practice session, with the top three separated by just three thousandths.

Audi’s Nico Müller had set the benchmark in the half-hour session, closely followed by title contender René Rast, but late improvements from Eriksson, Augusto Farfus and Gary Paffett put them in the top three positions.

A yellow flag in the final minute of second practice put a stop to the last-gasp efforts, as Marco Wittmann locked up at the banked turn 13, skating through the gravel and into the barrier.

Simultaneously, Audi’s Robin Frijn’s spun at the penultimate corner, meaning quicker laps in the session could not be set and Eriksson’s time of 1:32.914 remained fastest by just two and three thousandths from Farfus and Paffett respectively.

The Audi duo of Müller and Rast were fourth and fifth ahead of Timo Glock and Pascal Wehrlein.

Rast’s Audi Sport Team Rosberg teammate Jamie Green was eighth after a strong showing in opening practice yesterday, and headed a trio of Audi’s with Robin Frijns and early pacesetter Loïc Duval rounding out the top ten.

Although just over a tenth of a second separated the top ten, championship leader Paul Di Resta again struggled in 15th, with a time 0.574s adrift of Eriksson.

Qualifying for the first DTM race at Hockenheim for the season finale is next up, scheduled to get underway at 09:55 CEST – although it is likely to start later.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 13 1:32.914 0.000
2 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 14 1:32.916 0.002
3 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 14 1:32.917 0.003
4 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 13 1:32.959 0.045
5 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 15 1:33.010 0.096
6 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 12 1:33.083 0.169
7 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 13 1:33.117 0.203
8 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 15 1:33.144 0.230
9 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 15 1:33.172 0.258
10 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 15 1:33.274 0.360
11 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 13 1:33.275 0.361
12 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 18 1:33.278 0.364
13 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 13 1:33.322 0.408
14 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:33.379 0.465
15 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 12 1:33.488 0.574
16 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 13 1:33.504 0.590
17 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 12 1:33.528 0.614
18 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 11 1:33.667 0.753