Practice 2: Albers out front

Mercedes driver Christijan Albers, who moved over from Team Rosberg to the works AMG squad on the eve of this year's season opener, set the pace in the second of today's (Friday) practice sessions for this weekend's DTM race in Adria, Italy

Practice 2: Albers out front

The Dutchman was called up to the crack AMG team after Mercedes split with driver Uwe Alzen. Albers repaid the faith shown in him by the German manufacturer to head the practice times, which were dominated by Mercedes drivers.

Marcel Fassler was second fastest, just 0.003s slower than Albers, with Bernd Schneider and Jean Alesi completing an AMG tour of the top four positions.

Brit Peter Dumbreck lead the non-Mercedes charge, setting the fifth-best time in his Team Phoenix Opel Astra. Mattias Ekstrom was the fastest Audi runner in sixth, witrh reigning champ Laurent Aiello tenth.

Christijan Albers AMG Mercedes 1m11.812s 34
Marcel Fassler AMG Merecedes 1m11.815s 28
Bernd Schneider AMG Mercedes 1m11.877s 34
Jean Alesi AMG Mercedes 1m11.889s 27
Peter Dumbreck Team Phoenix Opel 1m11.912s 29
Mattias Ekstrom Abt Sportsline Audi 1m11.965s 37
Timo Scheider Team Phoenix Opel 1m12.363s
Thomas Jager AMG Mercedes 1m12.370s 29
Christian Abt Abt Sportsline Audi 1m12.385s 36
Laurent Aiello Abt Sportsline Audi 1m12.385s 23

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