Audi takes sweep of DTM Lausitzring practice ahead of 500th race

Audi came out on top across free practice ahead of the DTM's Lausitzring round, with Jamie Green and Loic Duval each topping one of the two sessions

Audi takes sweep of DTM Lausitzring practice ahead of 500th race

Duval set the ultimate fastest lap in the opening practice, recording a 1m35.985s lap, with Green's effort of 1m36s proving to be slightly slower than Duval's first benchmark.

Audi Phoenix driver Duval then followed his pacesetting first practice by placing behind Green in the second session.

BMW's Marco Wittmann - an outside title contender heading into Lausitz - was able to break the Audi deadlock in first practice by placing second ahead of Green, but Audi then took a stranglehold on the following session as it locked out the top six places.

Robin Frijns would place behind Duval and Green, with WRT Audi's Jonathan Aberdein in fourth.

DTM title favourites Rene Rast and Nico Muller were fifth and sixth respectively as all Audi drivers conducted different practice programmes.

Wittmann would again place as best of the BMW drivers by taking seventh ahead of stablemate Timo Glock, who is also taking part in the supporting Tourenwagen Classics this weekend.

Ninth went the way of WRT Audi's Pietro Fittipaldi and Bruno Spengler rounded out the top 10 in his BMW M4 DTM.

The R-Motorsport Aston Martin squad took its best result of 12th in the first practice session through Jake Dennis.

In the second session, Daniel Juncadella was the leading Aston in 15th as he enters the weekend on a run of five points finishes in the last six races.

There was a brief red flag in the opening session caused by an advertising banner becoming loose on the track.

Practice one result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 25 1m35.985s
2 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 25 0.232s
3 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 25 0.459s
4 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 26 0.528s
5 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 27 0.538s
6 Pietro Fittipaldi WRT Audi 26 0.658s
7 Bruno Spengler RMG BMW 26 0.815s
8 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 27 0.848s
9 Timo Glock RMR BMW 21 0.859s
10 Jonathan Aberdein WRT Audi 25 0.860s
11 Nico Muller Abt Audi 26 0.949s
12 Jake Dennis R-Motorsport Aston Martin 24 1.264s
13 Sheldon van der Linde RBM BMW 27 1.501s
14 Daniel Juncadella R-Motorsport Aston Martin 20 1.613s
15 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 23 1.953s
16 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 22 2.027s
17 Ferdinand Habsburg R-Motorsport Aston Martin 24 2.249s
18 Paul Di Resta R-Motorsport Aston Martin 10 2.531s

Practice two result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m36.000s 14
2 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 0.004s 16
3 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 0.170s 16
4 Jonathan Aberdein WRT Audi 0.194s 15
5 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 0.223s 14
6 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.331s 17
7 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 0.379s 13
8 Timo Glock RMR BMW 0.445s 17
9 Pietro Fittipaldi WRT Audi 0.586s 17
10 Bruno Spengler RMG BMW 0.666s 16
11 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 0.781s 17
12 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.781s 16
13 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 0.795s 15
14 Sheldon van der Linde RBM BMW 0.911s 16
15 Daniel Juncadella R-Motorsport Aston Martin 0.942s 17
16 Paul Di Resta R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1.319s 16
17 Jake Dennis R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1.599s 17
18 Ferdinand Habsburg R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1.780s 17

shares
comments
DTM 2019 needs its own 'push him out'
Previous article

DTM 2019 needs its own 'push him out'

Next article

Rast beats Audi title rival Muller to last-minute Laustizring pole

Rast beats Audi title rival Muller to last-minute Laustizring pole
Load comments
How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions Plus

How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions

OPINION: The scenes at the Norisring as Mercedes used blatant team orders to secure the first DTM title of the new GT3 era totally undermined the credibility of the championship. But as well as overshadowing the season, it also presents uncomfortable questions to series bosses about the direction it is headed in

DTM
Oct 12, 2021
How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream" Plus

How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream"

Having learned the ropes in GT3 alongside Rene Rast, Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way from settled just yet

DTM
Sep 18, 2021
The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive Plus

The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive

Switching to GT3 regulations marked a fresh start for the DTM in 2021, but it has also drawn a line in the sand against other series using similar cars by engaging AVL Racing to develop a bespoke Balance of Performance system. Here’s how it works

DTM
Jul 23, 2021
The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars Plus

The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars

OPINION: Facing collapse last year, the DTM has shifted its philosophy from a championship for silhouette-based touring cars to GT machines not too dissimilar to those racing across multiple series worldwide. But despite some initial BoP-based teething troubles, there were some pleasant findings as the 'new DTM' got underway at Monza

DTM
Jun 22, 2021
Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM Plus

Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM

The DTM moves into its bold new GT3 era with welcome support from Red Bull, which enters two AF Corse-run Ferraris. That includes one for ex-F1 driver Alex Albon, who’s determined to make a success of his GT switch - but he knows it won't be easy...

DTM
Jun 17, 2021
The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king Plus

The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king

It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One rule set, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race

DTM
Oct 13, 2020
How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror Plus

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror

Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did

DTM
Sep 23, 2020
The season that revitalised a sleeping giant Plus

The season that revitalised a sleeping giant

On the 20th anniversary of the resumption of hostilities in the DTM, Autosport revisits a classic season that brought a staple of German motorsport back to life with a bang and set in motion the careers of some notable names

DTM
May 28, 2020