Bruno Spengler has emerged fastest of the 18-car field in the second and final practice Bruno Spenglersession ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying running to determine the grid order for the Adria round of the DTM championship.

The Canadian – who relinquished his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to Paul di Resta at the last round – was among the first of the frontrunners to set a representative time in the closing stages of the morning’s running.

Even though the start of the session was delayed by an hour due to heavy fog in the area, Spengler’s rise up the leaderboard came with 20 minutes still on the clock, and he was joined later by four other drivers who all posted fastest laps within one-tenth of his own fastest lap.

A trio of Audis – being Timo Scheider, Alexandre Prémat and Oliver Jarvis – rounded out the top-four, with Ralf Schumacher a hugely impressive fifth-quickest, posting his best effort to move up the timing screens with just three minutes to go.

Of the other championship rivals, Gary Paffett wound up seventh-quickest, while championship leader Paul di Resta finished seventh-fastest.

And spare a thought for David Coulthard, who went from third-quickest in yesterday’s session to third-slowest in today’s. The former F1 race-winner posted roughly the same time as he had managed in Friday practice, but as the circuit conditions had improved overnight, so too had key rivals’ lap times…

2010 DTM Adria 2nd Practice Session Times:

  Driver   Team Result
1. Bruno Spengler CDN HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 1:10.238
2. Timo Scheider DEU ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 0.055
3. Alexandre Prémat FRA Team Phoenix Audi A4 2008 + 0.092
4. Oliver Jarvis GBR ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 0.095
5. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 + 0.095
6. Markus Winkelhock DEU Team Rosberg Audi A4 2008 + 0.125
7. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 + 0.145
8. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Team Phoenix Audi A4 2008 + 0.282
9. Mattias Ekström SWE ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 0.293
10. Paul di Resta GBR HWA Team Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 + 0.477
11. Martin Tomczyk DEU ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2009 + 0.493
12. Maro Engel DEU Mücke Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 0.539
13. Susie Stoddart GBR Persson Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 0.644
14. Jamie Green GBR Persson Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 0.679
15. Miguel Molina ESP ABT Sportsline Audi A4 2008 + 0.687
16. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 0.906
17. Katherine Legge GBR Team Rosberg Audi A4 2008 + 1.067
18. Congfu Cheng CHI Persson Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 + 1.136

[Original image via German Car Scene]

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