Scheider quickest in practice again
|By Jamie O'Leary||Saturday, May 14th 2011, 09:13 GMT|
Timo Scheider again headed the timesheets in the second free practice session ahead of Zandvoort's DTM round.
The Abt Audi driver had not featured near the front at all during the 90-minute session, but, after venturing onto the track for a low-fuel run with just a few minutes remaining, set the pace in 1m31.718s - a second faster than his Friday pace.
Jamie Green made certain that there was a Mercedes near the front as he was only 0.183s slower in his HWA machine - despite a major lock-up at the Tarzan hairpin late on - while Scheider's team-mate Mike Rockenfeller was third.
Miguel Molina headed the times for over an hour, the Abt Audi man's older-spec A4 looking among the most consistent cars on race runs. He improved his time by 0.3s late on to go fourth, just ahead of the similar machines of Edoardo Mortara (Team Rosberg) and Martin Tomczyk (Phoenix Racing).
Championship leader Bruno Spengler knocked Molina off the top spot with eight minutes to go, but the HWA man was shuffled back to seventh by the end, just ahead of Filipe Albuquerque (Rosberg Audi), Mattias Ekstrom (Abt Audi) and Ralf Schumacher (HWA Mercedes).
It was a bad session for David Coulthard. After the Mucke driver put in the quickest Mercedes time on Friday, this time he understeered off into the gravel at Kumhobocht with 20 minutes gone and had only limited running afterwards.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Timo Scheider Abt Audi 1m31.718s 2. Jamie Green HWA Mercedes 1m31.901s + 0.183s 3. Mike Rockenfeller Abt Audi 1m31.907s + 0.189s 4. Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m32.053s + 0.335s 5. Edoardo Mortara Rosberg Audi 1m32.064s + 0.346s 6. Martin Tomczyk Phoenix Audi 1m32.131s + 0.413s 7. Bruno Spengler HWA Mercedes 1m32.139s + 0.421s 8. Filipe Albuquerque Rosberg Audi 1m32.154s + 0.436s 9. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m32.170s + 0.452s 10. Ralf Schumacher HWA Mercedes 1m32.203s + 0.485s 11. Oliver Jarvis Abt Audi 1m32.329s + 0.611s 12. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m32.569s + 0.851s 13. Renger van der Zande Persson Mercedes 1m32.713s + 0.995s 14. Christian Vietoris Persson Mercedes 1m32.728s + 1.010s 15. Maro Engel Mucke Mercedes 1m32.779s + 1.061s 16. Susie Stoddart Persson Mercedes 1m32.947s + 1.229s 17. Rahel Frey Phoenix Audi 1m33.381s + 1.663s 18. David Coulthard Mucke Mercedes 1m33.456s + 1.738s