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Valencia DTM: Miguel Molina sets practice pace

Miguel Molina Phoenix Audi DTM Valencia 2012

Miguel Molina set the pace in a damp opening DTM practice session at Valencia on Friday.

The Phoenix Audi driver's 1m37.547s table-topper came late in the 90-minute session, which ended with drier conditions than the ones it started with.

Mattias Ekstrom was the first man to break the 1m40s barrier 20 minutes in, but another light rain shower prevented anybody from going faster until Bruno Spengler broke the timing beam in 1m39.148s.

Times had barely improved until beyond the hour mark, after which they began to tumble slowly but surely.

Spanish driver Molina's time was enough to edge out Timo Scheider's Abt Audi by 0.049s with Augusto Farfus the best of the BMW drivers in third for RBM.

Ekstrom, in the second Abt car, dropped to fourth by the end with HWA's Ralf Schumacher the best of the Mercedes drivers in fifth.

Rosberg Audi team-mates Filipe Albuquerque and Edoardo Mortara were next up while BMW duo Joey Hand and Dirk Werner, plus Mucke Mercedes' Robert Wickens, completed the top 10.

Championship leader Gary Paffett was only 16th quickest for HWA. His title rivals Spengler (Schnitzer BMW) and Jamie Green (HWA) were 11th and 18th.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car          Time       Gap
 1.  Miguel Molina       Phoenix Audi      1m37.547s
 2.  Timo Scheider       Abt Audi          1m37.596s  + 0.049s
 3.  Augusto Farfus      RBM BMW           1m37.727s  + 0.180s
 4.  Mattias Ekstrom     Abt Audi          1m38.756s  + 1.209s
 5.  Ralf Schumacher     HWA Mercedes      1m38.786s  + 1.239s
 6.  Filipe Albuquerque  Rosberg Audi      1m38.908s  + 1.361s
 7.  Edoardo Mortara     Rosberg Audi      1m39.057s  + 1.510s
 8.  Bruno Spengler      Schnitzer BMW     1m39.148s  + 1.601s
 9.  Dirk Werner         Schnitzer BMW     1m39.302s  + 1.755s
10.  Joey Hand           RMG BMW           1m39.459s  + 1.912s
11.  Robert Wickens      Mucke Mercedes    1m39.524s  + 1.977s
12.  Adrien Tambay       Abt Audi          1m39.633s  + 2.086s
13.  Martin Tomczyk      RMG BMW           1m39.698s  + 2.151s
14.  Roberto Merhi       Persson Mercedes  1m39.772s  + 2.225s
15.  Andy Priaulx        RBM BMW           1m39.803s  + 2.256s
16.  David Coulthard     Mucke Mercedes    1m39.881s  + 2.334s
17.  Gary Paffett        HWA Mercedes      1m39.898s  + 2.351s
18.  Mike Rockenfeller   Phoenix Audi      1m39.922s  + 2.375s
19.  Jamie Green         HWA Mercedes      1m40.056s  + 2.509s
20.  Christian Vietoris  HWA Mercedes      1m40.200s  + 2.653s
21.  Rahel Frey          Abt Audi          1m40.220s  + 2.673s
22.  Susie Wolff         Persson Mercedes  1m40.424s  + 2.877s
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