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Ekstrom tops Zandvoort practice

Mattias Ekstrom's Audi at Zandvoort 2010Mattias Ekstrom topped the second DTM free practice session at Zandvoort after a blistering lap in the closing stages on Saturday morning.

The Swede had been quiet for most of the session, but he emerged for a flying lap with five minutes remaining, and eclipsed Audi team-mate Timo Scheider's best effort by four tenths of a second.

Scheider and Miguel Molina completed an Audi top three, continuing the manufacturer's strong performance from Friday.

Ekstrom aside, the Mercedes drivers were able to mix it with the Audis this time. The session appeared to be turning into an Audi walkover, until Mercedes sent its drivers out to up their pace with half an hour to go.

The top Audi runners responded, before Paul di Resta, Gary Paffett and Bruno Spengler all got themselves back into the top six in the closing moments.

The top 10 was completed by 2008-spec cars, as the Audis of Markus Winkelhock, Alexandre Premat and Mike Rockenfeller headed Jamie Green.

Ex-Formula 1 drivers Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard ended the session in 13th and 14th places respectively.

Schumacher had been mixing it with his HWA-Mercedes team-mates for most of the session, but he elected not to join them in doing a final run which left him down the field.

Coulthard spent most of the session in the middle of the timesheets, but he lost some track time after an off-track excursion through the grass.

Pos  Driver             Car       Time       Gap
 1.  Mattias Ekstrom    Audi      1m31.665s
 2.  Timo Scheider      Audi      1m32.094s  + 0.429s
 3.  Miguel Molina      Audi      1m32.176s  + 0.511s
 4.  Paul di Resta      Mercedes  1m32.180s  + 0.515s
 5.  Bruno Spengler     Mercedes  1m32.192s  + 0.527s
 6.  Gary Paffett       Mercedes  1m32.293s  + 0.628s
 7.  Markus Winkelhock  Audi      1m32.394s  + 0.729s
 8.  Alexandre Premat   Audi      1m32.399s  + 0.734s
 9.  Mike Rockenfeller  Audi      1m32.463s  + 0.798s
10.  Jamie Green        Mercedes  1m32.510s  + 0.845s
11.  Oliver Jarvis      Audi      1m32.514s  + 0.849s
12.  Maro Engel         Mercedes  1m32.575s  + 0.910s
13.  Ralf Schumacher    Mercedes  1m32.642s  + 0.977s
14.  David Coulthard    Mercedes  1m32.949s  + 1.284s
15.  Susie Stoddart     Mercedes  1m32.991s  + 1.326s
16.  Martin Tomczyk     Audi      1m33.045s  + 1.380s
17.  Cong Fu Cheng      Mercedes  1m33.196s  + 1.531s
18.  Katherine Legge    Audi      1m33.311s  + 1.646s
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