Farfus keeps BMW on top in second DTM practice at Brands Hatch
|By Jamie O'Leary||Saturday, May 19th 2012, 10:01 GMT|
Augusto Farfus kept BMW on top in the second DTM practice session at Brands Hatch on Saturday morning.
The Brazilian, who took his maiden series podium last time out at Lausitz, set the pace in 41.312s in his RBM M3, over a second quicker than Martin Tomczyk's Friday best.
Mattias Ekstrom served notice of Audi's intent to recover from its poor start to the season with the second quickest time for Abt Sportsline, just 0.035s behind, while champion Tomczyk was third, 0.051s off Farfus' time.
Championship leader Gary Paffett was the best of the Mercedes drivers in fourth, but the HWA man suffered an off identical to the one he had on Friday, the Brit going straight on at the left-hand part of Surtees and cutting across the grass as he headed towards the pit entrance.
Miguel Molina was fifth quickest in his Phoenix Audi and was within 0.1s of the best time. Fellow Audi men Timo Scheider (Abt) and Edoardo Mortara (Rosberg) were next up.
Jamie Green, who put two wheels into the gravel while exiting Paddock with a few minutes to go, was eighth for HWA while Mike Rockenfeller (Phoenix) and Adrien Tambay (Abt) completed the top 10.
Andy Priaulx was 19th in his RBM BMW, with Mercedes pair Susie Wolff (Persson) and David Coulthard (Mucke) taking the final two spots, albeit both still within 0.9s of the pace.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 41.312s 2. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 41.347s + 0.035s 3. Martin Tomczyk RMG BMW 41.363s + 0.051s 4. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 41.386s + 0.074s 5. Miguel Molina Phoenix Audi 41.395s + 0.083s 6. Timo Scheider Abt Audi 41.438s + 0.126s 7. Edoardo Mortara Rosberg Audi 41.447s + 0.135s 8. Jamie Green HWA Mercedes 41.476s + 0.164s 9. Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 41.511s + 0.199s 10. Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 41.533s + 0.221s 11. Bruno Spengler Schnitzer BMW 41.561s + 0.249s 12. Filipe Albuquerque Rosberg Audi 41.565s + 0.253s 13. Ralf Schumacher HWA Mercedes 41.603s + 0.291s 14. Robert Wickens Mucke Mercedes 41.614s + 0.302s 15. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 41.624s + 0.312s 16. Dirk Werner Schnitzer BMW 41.639s + 0.327s 17. Joey Hand RMG BMW 41.691s + 0.379s 18. Roberto Merhi Persson Mercedes 41.715s + 0.403s 19. Andy Priaulx RBM BMW 41.838s + 0.526s 20. Rahel Frey Abt Audi 41.879s + 0.567s 21. Susie Wolff Persson Mercedes 41.967s + 0.655s 22. David Coulthard Mucke Mercedes 42.197s + 0.885s