Hockenheim DTM: BMW's Spengler pips Aston driver Dennis in wet FP2

BMW veteran Bruno Spengler topped the times in a wet second free practice session ahead of this weekend's DTM opening round at Hockenheim

Spengler emerged atop the pile after top spot changed hands between all three manufacturers - Aston Martin included - during the closing minutes as conditions seemed to improve a little.

The time set by the Canadian's Team RMG-run M4 was enough to edge out a last-lap effort from the R-Motorsport Aston Martin of DTM debutant Jake Dennis - the Briton's time fell just 0.014 seconds short as he flashed under the chequered flag, albeit 13s off a dry pace.

Another BMW, that of Marco Wittmann, rounded out the top three ahead of two drivers who spent substantial periods at the top of the times.

Rene Rast (Audi) was fastest in the early going, while Timo Glock (BMW) was quickest in the mid-period of the 30 minutes, before they ended up fourth and fifth respectively.

Behind sixth-placed Audi driver Nico Muller, Daniel Juncadella made it two Aston Martins in the top seven.

A bit of a time gap behind Juncadella preceded three more Audis - those of Robin Frijns, Loic Duval and Mike Rockenfeller, who rounded out the top 10.

Aston drivers Ferdinand Habsburg and Paul di Resta only completed a handful of timed laps, Habsburg also visiting the Sachskurve gravel briefly, while BMW's Philipp Eng failed to get a time on the board at all.

Practice two times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Bruno Spengler RMG BMW 1m43.780s - 14
2 Jake Dennis R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m43.794s 0.014s 17
3 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m43.965s 0.185s 16
4 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m44.020s 0.240s 18
5 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m44.147s 0.367s 16
6 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m44.277s 0.497s 17
7 Daniel Juncadella R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m44.280s 0.500s 17
8 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 1m44.524s 0.744s 18
9 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m44.648s 0.868s 18
10 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m44.674s 0.894s 18
11 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m44.841s 1.061s 13
12 Pietro Fittipaldi WRT Audi 1m45.601s 1.821s 17
13 Sheldon van der Linde RBM BMW 1m45.713s 1.933s 15
14 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 1m45.975s 2.195s 15
15 Jonathan Aberdein WRT Audi 1m46.029s 2.249s 17
16 Ferdinand Habsburg R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m52.879s 9.099s 6
17 Paul Di Resta R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m55.515s 11.735s 6
- Philipp Eng RMR BMW - - 0

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