Misano DTM: Wittmann sets practice pace in shortened second session

BMW's Marco Wittmann topped the second DTM practice session at Misano, after Audi swept the earlier running by locking out the top six positions

Misano DTM: Wittmann sets practice pace in shortened second session

The second practice session was shortened to 30 minutes after a 50-minute delay for a track inspection that revealed the screws built into the kerbs at Turn 6 and 16 had loosened.

The inspection came after four drivers - Andrea Dovizioso, Jonathan Aberdein, Rene Rast and Loic Duval - suffered left-hand side tyre punctures.

Autosport understands the loose kerb screws were not the cause of the punctures and instead it was "foreign objects".

Regardless of the shortened session, the opening practice benchmark of 1m27.635s set by Audi's Duval was quickly cleared inside the first five minutes.

Wittmann eventually bettered the leading time to 1m26.687s as he made the most of cooler conditions on Friday evening.

Audi's Robin Frijns was second in the evening's practice session and narrowly edged out championship leader Philipp Eng, who was warned for track limits on several occasions.

The hard-braking tight Turn 13 proved tricky, with several drivers pinged for track limits or suffering lock-ups through the first two practice sessions.

Rene Rast was fourth for Audi and led stablemates Nico Muller and Mike Rockenfeller on the timesheets.

BMW rookie Sheldon van der Linde was seventh ahead of fellow newcomer Aberdein, who placed his WRT-run Audi in fourth in the first session.

Duval and Bruno Spengler rounded out the second session's top 10.

Pietro Fittipaldi, who is replacing Jamie Green for this weekend, was 13th in the evening after finishing 11 in the opening session.

Ducati MotoGP rider Dovizioso finished 16th in both sessions after highlighting what he believed to be his weaknesses ahead of running.

In the first session, he finished only ahead of R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver Jake Dennis, but Dovizioso improved to outpace the two Astons of Ferdinand Habsburg and Daniel Juncadella.

Habsburg completed just one lap in the opening and was not classified, with R-Motorsport yet to reveal the cause, but the DTM newcomer managed 19 more laps in the later running.

Practice one times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m27.635s - 19
2 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m27.692s 0.057s 9
3 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m28.100s 0.465s 26
4 Jonathan Aberdein WRT Audi 1m28.248s 0.613s 19
5 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m28.717s 1.082s 8
6 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 1m28.731s 1.096s 23
7 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m28.889s 1.254s 25
8 Bruno Spengler RMG BMW 1m28.955s 1.320s 25
9 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 1m29.074s 1.439s 27
10 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 1m29.124s 1.489s 25
11 Pietro Fittipaldi Rosberg Audi 1m29.188s 1.553s 17
12 Sheldon van der Linde RBM BMW 1m29.344s 1.709s 24
13 Daniel Juncadella R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m29.347s 1.712s 12
14 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m29.537s 1.902s 22
15 Paul Di Resta R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m29.804s 2.169s 27
16 Andrea Dovizioso WRT Audi 1m29.809s 2.174s 19
17 Jake Dennis R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m29.895s 2.260s 28
- Ferdinand Habsburg R-Motorsport Aston Martin - - 1

Practice two times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m26.687s - 16
2 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 1m26.957s 0.270s 16
3 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 1m26.979s 0.292s 13
4 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m27.007s 0.320s 17
5 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m27.174s 0.487s 8
6 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m27.239s 0.552s 22
7 Sheldon van der Linde RBM BMW 1m27.354s 0.667s 17
8 Jonathan Aberdein WRT Audi 1m27.361s 0.674s 11
9 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m27.378s 0.691s 18
10 Bruno Spengler RMG BMW 1m27.405s 0.718s 10
11 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 1m27.618s 0.931s 16
12 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m27.716s 1.029s 16
13 Pietro Fittipaldi Rosberg Audi 1m28.112s 1.425s 20
14 Jake Dennis R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m28.241s 1.554s 9
15 Paul Di Resta R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m28.455s 1.768s 17
16 Andrea Dovizioso WRT Audi 1m28.488s 1.801s 21
17 Ferdinand Habsburg R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m28.861s 2.174s 20
18 Daniel Juncadella R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m30.288s 3.601s 9


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