Scheider fastest in Barcelona practice

DTM championship leader Timo Scheider got his weekend off to a perfect start by setting the fastest time in free practice at Barcelona on Saturday morning

Scheider fastest in Barcelona practice

The reigning champion snatched the top spot from Martin Tomczyk with two minutes remaining of the two and a half-hour session, which was dominated by Audis throughout.

Tomczyk was fastest for a long period of the morning and the Abt Sportsline driver was also the first of the big guns to switch his attention to qualifying set-ups with 25 minutes remaining.

His best lap initially put him half a second clear of the field and it was only in the final couple of minutes that any of his rivals started to close that gap.

Oliver Jarvis briefly got his 2008-spec Audi up to second, but he was knocked back to fourth when Scheider went quickest, and Mattias Ekstrom moved into third right at the end.

Ralf Schumacher was the top Mercedes in fifth place, having shown relatively well throughout the session. However, his gap of half a second to Scheider will be a concern with the 2009-spec Mercedes running 10 kilograms heavier than their Audi rivals this weekend.

Schumacher's HWA team-mates Gary Paffett and Bruno Spengler were next up, while Alexandre Premat, Paul di Resta and Tom Kristensen completed the top 10.

Pos  Driver              Car       Time       Gap
 1.  Timo Scheider       Audi      1m07.049s
 2.  Martin Tomczyk      Audi      1m07.084s  + 0.035s
 3.  Mattias Ekstrom     Audi      1m07.181s  + 0.132s
 4.  Oliver Jarvis       Audi      1m07.416s  + 0.367s
 5.  Ralf Schumacher     Mercedes  1m07.570s  + 0.521s
 6.  Gary Paffett        Mercedes  1m07.617s  + 0.568s
 7.  Bruno Spengler      Mercedes  1m07.620s  + 0.571s
 8.  Alexandre Premat    Audi      1m07.661s  + 0.612s
 9.  Paul di Resta       Mercedes  1m07.688s  + 0.639s
10.  Tom Kristensen      Audi      1m07.706s  + 0.657s
11.  Jamie Green         Mercedes  1m07.795s  + 0.746s
12.  Mike Rockenfeller   Audi      1m07.846s  + 0.797s
13.  Maro Engel          Mercedes  1m07.869s  + 0.820s
14.  Mathias Lauda       Mercedes  1m07.924s  + 0.875s
15.  Katherine Legge     Audi      1m07.965s  + 0.916s
16.  Markus Winkelhock   Audi      1m08.008s  + 0.959s
17.  Susie Stoddart      Mercedes  1m08.194s  + 1.145s
18.  Tomas Kostka        Audi      1m08.644s  + 1.595s
19.  Christian Bakkerud  Audi      1m09.181s  + 2.132s
20.  Johannes Seidlitz   Audi      1m09.424s  + 2.375s

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