Filipe Albuquerque heads first DTM practice at Oschersleben
|By Jamie O'Leary||Friday, September 16th 2011, 13:16 GMT|
Filipe Albuquerque headed an unusually spread-out opening practice session for this weekend's DTM round at Oschersleben in Germany.
The Portuguese driver went to the top of the timesheets in his old-spec Team Rosberg Audi with a little over 20 minutes remaining; his lap in 1m22.722s good enough to remain the benchmark for the rest of the session.
The Abt-run A4s of Mike Rockenfeller, Miguel Molina and Timo Scheider followed him as Audis took the top four spaces. The quartet were split by 0.6s however, a massive margin by the standards of this DTM season.
David Coulthard was the best of the Mercedes drivers as he put his old-spec Mucke Motorsport C-class fifth, ahead of Oliver Jarvis' Abt Audi.
Championship leader Martin Tomczyk was seventh quickest in his Phoenix Audi, ahead of Mattias Ekstrom's Abt car and Maro Engel in the second Mucke Mercedes.
Bruno Spengler - Tomczyk's only realistic title rival - completed the top 10 in the best of the HWA Mercedes. However, he was almost a second off the pace.
Jamie Green had sat at the foot of the timesheets with a minute to go, but the British HWA driver put in a good lap right at the end to go 12th, just ahead of Brands Hatch podium finisher Edoardo Mortara (Rosberg Audi) and Gary Paffett (HWA Mercedes).
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Filipe Albuquerque Rosberg Audi 1m22.722s 2. Mike Rockenfeller Abt Audi 1m22.962s + 0.240s 3. Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m23.194s + 0.472s 4. Timo Scheider Abt Audi 1m23.339s + 0.617s 5. David Coulthard Mucke Mercedes 1m23.378s + 0.656s 6. Oliver Jarvis Abt Audi 1m23.475s + 0.753s 7. Martin Tomczyk Phoenix Audi 1m23.496s + 0.774s 8. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m23.504s + 0.782s 9. Maro Engel Mucke Mercedes 1m23.524s + 0.802s 10. Bruno Spengler HWA Mercedes 1m23.700s + 0.978s 11. Ralf Schumacher HWA Mercedes 1m23.905s + 1.183s 12. Jamie Green HWA Mercedes 1m23.944s + 1.222s 13. Edoardo Mortara Rosberg Audi 1m23.951s + 1.229s 14. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m24.056s + 1.334s 15. Christian Vietoris Persson Mercedes 1m24.057s + 1.335s 16. Susie Stoddart Persson Mercedes 1m24.230s + 1.508s 17. Renger van der Zande Persson Mercedes 1m24.250s + 1.528s 18. Rahel Frey Phoenix Audi 1m24.408s + 1.686s