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.
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:
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]