Eng narrowly quickest in DTM Zolder second practice

Eng narrowly quickest in DTM Zolder second practice

Photo: DTM

BMW Team RMR driver Philipp Eng set the fastest time in the second DTM free practice at Zolder with a lap time of 1 minute 22.476 seconds, but was only 0.039 seconds ahead of Audi Sport Team WRT rookie Jonathan Aberdein.

The Austrian topped the times for the majority of the dry session, and went almost half a second faster than Audi Sport Team Rosberg’s René Rast’s quickest in FP1.

It was another busy session with drivers completing longer runs to understand how the new Class One DTM cars change over a stint. The twisty, Belgian circuit contrasts greatly to the flat-out Hockenheim where the season started two weeks ago.

Eng’s time was less than four-hundredths faster than Aberdein. The rookie, who was quickest in the first and second sectors, is looking to put together another strong weekend for the Belgian Audi Sport Team WRT who are competing in their first DTM season.

Rast finished third, over a tenth back from Eng, ahead of local hero, and Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline driver Robin Frijns.

Eng’s teammate Timo Glock rounded out the top five, with a time of 1 minute 22.729 seconds.

Championship leader and BMW Team RMG driver Marco Wittmann was sixth, only 0.282 seconds off the pace, ahead of teammate Bruno Spengler.

Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline driver Nico Müller was eighth, and the last driver within half a second of Eng.

Rookie Sheldon van der Linde, who is looking to build on a positive first weekend at Hockenheim, was ninth fastest ahead of BMW Team RBM teammate Joel Eriksson.

Daniel Juncadella was the fastest of the new Aston Martin Vantage DTM’s, lapping 1.247 seconds off Eng’s fastest in his R-Motorsport run machine.

Qualifying for race one gets underway tomorrow at 10:35 CEST (9:35 BST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 16 1:22.476 0.000
2 27 Jonathan ABERDEIN Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:22.515 0.039
3 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 19 1:22.581 0.105
4 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:22.641 0.165
5 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 14 1:22.729 0.253
6 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 13 1:22.758 0.282
7 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 16 1:22.817 0.341
8 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 17 1:22.893 0.417
9 31 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 15 1:22.981 0.505
10 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 17 1:23.084 0.608
11 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 22 1:23.290 0.814
12 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:23.355 0.879
13 21 Pietro FITTIPALDI Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 20 1:23.363 0.887
14 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 21 1:23.643 1.167
15 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 17 1:23.723 1.247
16 76 Jake DENNIS R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 16 1:23.739 1.263
17 3 Paul DI RESTA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 19 1:23.939 1.463
18 62 Ferdinand VON HABSBURG R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 13 1:25.830 3.354