Hungaroring DTM: Miguel Molina sets the pace in practice for Audi
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, May 31st 2014, 12:00 GMT|
Audi driver Miguel Molina set the pace in practice for the third DTM race of the season at the Hungaroring, while Mercedes once again struggled in dry conditions.
Molina first went quickest at the halfway point in the 90-minute session with a 1m38.102s lap.
He was then displaced by Timo Glock nine minutes from the end of the session, before reclaiming top spot with a 1m37.558s effort four minutes from time.
It is the second time this season Molina has been fastest in practice, the Spaniard also setting the early pace last time out at Oschersleben.
Marco Wittmann finished the session second fastest, the Hockenheim winner bumping fellow BMW man Timo Glock back to third with a 1m37.586s two minutes before the end of the session.
Glock held on to third with a best time of 1m37.863s, more than three tenths slower that Molina's benchmark.
Rookie Nico Muller finished the session a fine fourth fastest in his Rosberg Audi, ahead of Augusto Farfus, Mike Rockenfeller and Bruno Spengler.
At the other end of the field, it was another tough outing for Mercedes.
Canadian Robert Wickens was the best of the HWA entries in 15th fastest, while the other six C-Coupes occupied the last six positions, with Oschersleben winner Christian Vietoris in last place, a full 2.124 seconds slower than Molina.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m37.558s 2. Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m37.586s +0.028s 3. Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m37.863s +0.305s 4. Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m37.962s +0.404s 5. Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m38.029s +0.471s 6. Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m38.050s +0.492s 7. Bruno Spengler Schnitzer BMW 1m38.107s +0.549s 8. Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m38.145s +0.587s 9. Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m38.148s +0.590s 10. Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m38.159s +0.601s 11. Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m38.172s +0.614s 12. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m38.192s +0.634s 13. Antonio Felix da Costa MTEK BMW 1m38.316s +0.758s 14. Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m38.350s +0.792s 15. Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m38.637s +1.079s 16. Joey Hand RBM BMW 1m38.653s +1.095s 17. Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m38.766s +1.208s 18. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m38.797s +1.239s 19. Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m38.963s +1.405s 20. Paul di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m39.177s +1.619s 21. Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m39.332s +1.774s 22. Vitaly Petrov Mucke Mercedes 1m39.359s +1.801s 23. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m39.682s +2.124s