Bruno Spengler has emerged fastest of the 18-car field in the second and final practice session 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:
[Original image via German Car Scene]