Moscow DTM: Bruno Spengler heads damp Saturday practice for BMW

BMW driver Bruno Spengler topped a damp Saturday morning DTM practice session at Moscow Raceway

Moscow DTM: Bruno Spengler heads damp Saturday practice for BMW

With conditions considerably cooler than Friday and light rain falling in the region, the track was wet at the beginning of the session.

A dry line emerged and times improved, and by the halfway mark some drivers had switched from wet tyres to slicks.

Among them, Miguel Molina jumped to the top of the timesheets with a 1m40.386s lap, just before rain returned with 18 minutes remaining.

However, Spengler managed to improve shortly afterwards to 1m39.802s, his effort 0.566 seconds clear of Molina but more than 10 seconds off of Friday's pace.

Molina ended the session second, while Mercedes' Robert Wickens was third to ensure each brand was represented inside the top three.

The defending Moscow Raceway winner, Maxime Martin was fourth, ahead of championship leader Mattias Ekstrom, Gary Paffett, Jamie Green, Christian Vietoris, Daniel Juncadella and Maximilian Gotz.

Turning his first laps in DTM machinery in wet conditions, Timo Scheider's replacement Antonio Giovinazzi was 11th fastest for Audi, while Friday pacesetter Marco Wittmann was 15th.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m39.820s - 20
2 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m40.386s 0.566s 23
3 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m40.746s 0.926s 22
4 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m40.995s 1.175s 17
5 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m41.946s 2.126s 20
6 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m42.754s 2.934s 18
7 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m42.773s 2.953s 19
8 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m42.788s 2.968s 21
9 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m42.811s 2.991s 21
10 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 1m42.909s 3.089s 25
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Phoenix Audi 1m43.163s 3.343s 21
12 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m43.187s 3.367s 17
13 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m43.351s 3.531s 21
14 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m43.688s 3.868s 24
15 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m43.702s 3.882s 17
16 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m43.705s 3.885s 15
17 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m43.815s 3.995s 19
18 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m43.862s 4.042s 24
19 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 1m43.993s 4.173s 19
20 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m44.010s 4.190s 20
21 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m44.524s 4.704s 19
22 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m44.650s 4.830s 20
23 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m44.719s 4.899s 18
24 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m46.042s 6.222s 19


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