DTM Hungaroring: Jamie Green leads Audi top four lockout in practice

Jamie Green set the pace in a damp opening DTM practice at the Hungaroring, as the best non-Audi car was half a second away

DTM Hungaroring: Jamie Green leads Audi top four lockout in practice

With rule changes taking Audi's aerodynamic advantage away for 2018, the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer struggled in the first two weekends of the season.

Green in particular had a low-key start to the season, never qualifying higher than 16th and admitting the 2018 version of the car isn't the best-suited to his driving style.

However he topped the Friday afternoon practice, leading three of his stablemates at a track that was dominated by Audi in the past two seasons.

While conditions were hot throughout Friday at the Hungaroring, light rain hit the track during the practice.

Green's 1m38.351s was 0.013s better than rookie Robin Frijns' benchmark as reigning champion Rene Rast was third.

Rast is back to driving duties with the same chassis he crashed heavily at the Lausitzring.

Nico Muller completed an all-Audi top four, 0.459s off the pace.

Joel Eriksson and Daniel Juncadella led BMW's and Mercedes' efforts in fifth and sixth respectively, with Marco Wittmann taking seventh.

Philipp Eng edged Paul di Resta out by 0.008s for eighth as the top 10 was completed by points leader Timo Glock.

Glock's main championship rival Gary Paffett, who is only one point behind him in the standings, was 12th.

Free practice times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m38.351s - 17
2 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 1m38.364s 0.013s 16
3 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m38.470s 0.119s 17
4 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m38.810s 0.459s 19
5 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 1m38.850s 0.499s 15
6 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 1m38.913s 0.562s 16
7 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m38.970s 0.619s 18
8 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 1m39.025s 0.674s 13
9 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m39.033s 0.682s 19
10 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m39.076s 0.725s 19
11 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 1m39.132s 0.781s 18
12 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m39.132s 0.781s 15
13 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m39.170s 0.819s 15
14 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 1m39.209s 0.858s 18
15 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m39.290s 0.939s 18
16 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 1m39.441s 1.090s 14
17 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m39.524s 1.173s 17
18 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 1m39.651s 1.300s 19


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