Farfus on top in second practice at Zandvoort
Second free practice of the DTM double-header at Zandvoort in the Netherlands has been completed, and the fastest driver at midday on Saturday was BMW’s Augusto Farfus. The Brazilian completed his fastest lap of the 4.3 kilometres long circuit in the dunes in 1:31.515 minutes and thus ranked on top of the timing screens (see result).
His fellow BMW drivers Tom Blomqvist and António Félix da Costa followed in second and third place. Up to that point, expectations of the competition that BMW drivers could be strong this weekend due to their reduced vehicle weight were confirmed.
However, a look at the ten fastest drivers shows how well balanced the situation between the three manufacturers in the DTM is at the time: next to the three BMWs, the top ten includes four cars from Audi and three from Mercedes.
In fourth place, current points’ leader Jamie Green was the best-placed driver for the brand from Ingolstadt. His time was identical with that of Da Costa’s to the thousandth of a second, but he set his time later than the Portuguese and therefore ended up behind him in the results. “The track had less grip than I expected. In this session, we did some work on the set-up, but it will only be in qualifying when we will actually see what it has brought us,” Green explained.
Fastest Mercedes-Benz driver was Paul Di Resta in fifth place. However, he didn’t want to overestimate this result: “Things can change quickly, a couple of tenths less or more can make a big difference. For this afternoon, adjusting the car for the higher temperatures will be important.”
How well the teams manage to do this will become apparent in qualifying from 14.55 hrs. The first race of the DTM weekend gets underway at 18.00 hrs. As usual, all fans can watch qualifyings and the races on the live stream at DTM.com. Moreover, ARD is broadcasting race action live this evening. Coverage on the AR starts at 17.55 hrs. The second DTM race on Sunday starts at 14.10 hrs and ARD starts its live broadcast at 13.50 hrs already.
Fans can also follow DTM qualifying, both on Saturday and Sunday, online at DTM.com/live. It starts on Saturday at 14.50 hrs and on Sunday at 11.30 hrs. With the live-timing, viewers can also follow the battle for the best starting grid positions in detail and see position changes, fastest times and margins at a glance.