DTM Nurburgring: Miguel Molina edges Paul di Resta in practice

Audi's Miguel Molina edged out Mercedes driver Paul di Resta in Friday practice for the penultimate DTM round at the Nurburgring

DTM Nurburgring: Miguel Molina edges Paul di Resta in practice

Molina set his time of 1m22.861s with four minutes remaining, during a flurry of qualifying runs on new tyres.

It was just 0.043 seconds ahead of 2010 champion di Resta, who also set his time at the end of the session, while Audi filled six of the top 10 places.

Jamie Green sat atop the timesheets for the bulk of the 45 minutes, and was the only man below the 1m23s bracket, with a lap of 1m22.970s.

While he didn't improve in the last 10 minutes, he still ended the day third, ahead of Audi stablemate Mike Rockenfeller.

Robert Wickens was sixth for Mercedes, ahead of championship leader Pascal Wehrlein.

Adrien Tambay, Edoardo Mortara, Christian Vietoris and Mattias Ekstrom completed the top 10.

After winning both races at Oschersleben, it was a sobering afternoon for BMW.

The series' newest winner, rookie Tom Blomqvist was its leading representative in 15th, while Saturday Oschersleben victor Timo Glock finished at the foot of the times.

EKSTROM LEADS BUSIER MORNING

In a late change to the schedule, following fog delays at Oschersleben, the regular Saturday-morning practice session was moved to Friday for this weekend.

Ekstrom, who trails Wehrlein by 14 points in the championship, was the only Audi driver inside the top 10 but led the way with a time of 1m23.697s.

His effort was just 0.038s ahead of Augusto Farfus, who was joined in the top four by BMW stablemates Marco Wittmann and Blomqvist.

Wehrlein was 14th-fastest, 0.596s off Ekstrom's benchmark.

The format change means the first time drivers will turn a wheel on Saturday will be in the 20-minute qualifying session.

"Everybody will try to estimate as good as they can for the conditions that are coming," Ekstrom said.

"We all have teams which know what they're doing and getting a very quick read on the track after your first laps will be the key to having a good qualifying.

"The conditions now, it's afternoon, it's getting warm, that's the feeling we'll go to bed with.

"But tomorrow morning it will be probably 10 degrees or something with very crisp air, it will be different with different laptimes."

FREE PRACTICE 1

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m23.679s 18
2 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 0.038s 22
3 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 0.079s 21
4 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 0.166s 21
5 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 0.204s 24
6 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 0.213s 23
7 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 0.313s 22
8 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 0.320s 22
9 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 0.326s 29
10 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 0.353s 21
11 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.422s 25
12 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 0.482s 25
13 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 0.534s 25
14 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 0.596s 25
15 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 0.609s 20
16 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 0.612s 27
17 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 0.624s 26
18 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 0.675s 11
19 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 0.705s 22
20 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 0.733s 22
21 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 0.764s 22
22 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 0.786s 21
23 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 0.867s 20
24 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 0.990s 27

FREE PRACTICE 2

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m22.861s 19
2 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 0.043s 17
3 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 0.109s 21
4 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.132s 22
5 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 0.151s 20
6 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 0.152s 23
7 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 0.183s 22
8 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 0.205s 23
9 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 0.211s 19
10 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 0.235s 22
11 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 0.313s 24
12 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 0.327s 23
13 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 0.403s 23
14 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 0.421s 20
15 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 0.423s 17
16 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 0.431s 19
17 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 0.449s 18
18 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 0.506s 20
19 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 0.547s 23
20 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 0.671s 22
21 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 0.768s 21
22 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 0.882s 11
23 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 0.923s 23
24 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 0.930s 20
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