Mortara on top again – BMW lacklustre
Edoardo Mortara dominated proceedings in practice at Spielberg. Following his fastest time on Friday afternoon, the Italian also came out fastest in second free practice on Saturday around mid day. With his Audi RS 5 DTM, he did even better than in the first session and was almost one second faster on his best lap than on Friday: 1:24.793 minutes. “So far, things really are going well for me. However, this was only practice. We will only find out later on what these times really were worth,” Mortara commented.
Only two other drivers managed to post lap times under 1:25 minutes. Mortara’s fellow Audi driver Jamie Green was second-fastest with 1:24.859 minutes, Pascal Wehrlein drove his Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM to third place in practice (1:24.944 minutes). Prior to qualifying, there are many indications for a duel between Mercedes-Benz and Audi, because, like on Friday already, the BMWs didn’t make a good impression.
Like on the previous day, the car with starting number 1 was the best-placed BMW. Marco Wittmann was classified ninth. His fellow BMW drivers locked out 17th to 23rd place in second free practice. Only local hero Lucas Auer was even slower. Among others, the DTM rookie locked up the wheels of his Mercedes under braking for the Remus corner a few times and ended up last in free practice. Miguel Molina made the most spectacular mistake. He spun his Audi going into the final corner and only just managed to stay out of the barriers. The Spaniard was lucky that his car remained largely undamaged, allowing him to finish 14th.
Whether it will remain a duel between Audi and Mercedes-Benz, or whether the BMWs have been sandbagging so far, will become clear from 15.00 hrs onwards. Then, it will be all about securing a good starting grid position for the first race at Spielberg (start: 18.10 hrs). DTM fans who have stayed at home can watch the action from Spielberg via live timing and live stream on their PC or mobile device. First German TV channel ARD is broadcasting the race on Saturday live from 18.00 hrs.