Alexandre Prémat has led an Audi 1-2 in the opening practice session for the DTM round at Italy’s Adria circuit, with David Coulthard a surprise third-quickest (and the fastest Mercedes-Benz) as the older-spec cars enjoyed good pace on the opening day of the season’s penultimate round.

Alexandre Premat went quickest in the opening practice session at Adria Indeed, the older-spec cars finished in the top six positions on the timesheets, with Mattias Ekström proving the quickest of the 2009-spec cars in seventh, and Bruno Spengler the quickest of the 2009 Mercedes drivers in tenth.

Championship leader Paul di Resta was 16th-quickest and over a second off Prémat’s pace.

Prémat’s team-mate Rockenfeller had headed the timesheets for much of the 90-minute practice session, until the Frenchman eclipsed his time on his final hot lap, and in doing so, he eclipsed the DTM lap record set when the series last visited Adria in 2004.

Series rookie David Coulthard had been a feature in the top-ten for much of the session, peaking as high as second until Prémat’s late run bumped him down to third. The Scot will be hoping for a decent result this weekend, having not scored a championship points finish to-date in his debut season.

Coulthard’s Mücke Motorsport team-mate Maro Engel was just a fraction slower in fourth, with Jamie Green and Miguel Molina completing the top six.

 

2010 DTM Adria 1st Practice Session Times:

  Driver   Team Result
1. Alexandre Prémat FRA Team Phoenix Audi A4 2008 1:10.912
2. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Team Phoenix Audi A4 2008 + 0.243
3. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 0.286
4. Maro Engel DEU Mücke Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 0.410
5. Jamie Green GBR Persson Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 0.459
6. Miguel Molina ESP ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2008 + 0.601
7. Mattias Ekström SWE ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 0.611
8. Markus Winkelhock DEU Team Rosberg Audi A4 2008 + 0.652
9. Martin Tomczyk DEU ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 0.746
10. Bruno Spengler CDN HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 + 0.779
11. Katherine Legge GBR Team Rosberg Audi A4 2008 + 0.787
12. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 + 0.970
13. Oliver Jarvis GBR ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 1.014
14. Timo Scheider DEU ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 1.044
15. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 + 1.101
16. Paul di Resta GBR HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 + 1.113
17. Congfu Cheng CHI Persson Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 1.312
18. Susie Stoddart GBR Persson Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 1.444

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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