Four year-old cars dominated proceedings in first free practice of the DTM at Brands Hatch. Audi works driver Miguel Molina established the fastest time in the first encounter at the race track in Kent county. The 22-year old Portuguese completed his fastest lap at the 1.929 kilometres long Indy lay-out of the British track with its long heritage in 42.776 seconds. Only 0.036 seconds down, his fellow Audi driver Edoardo Mortara ended up second. Mercedes-Benz drivers Maro Engel and David Coulthard ended up third and fourth respectively.In fifth position, Mike Rockenfeller was the fastest driver of a 2009-spec Audi A4 DTM in free practice on Friday afternoon. The German came 0.101 seconds short of Molina in first place. Behind Timo Scheider (Audi), Ralf Schumacher ended up seventh with his 2009-spec AMG Mercedes C-Class. Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz), Mattias Ekström (Audi) and Renger van der Zande (Mercedes-Benz) rounded out the top ten. The other local drivers, Gary Paffett, Jamie Green (both Mercedes-Benz), Oliver Jarvis (Audi) and Susie Stoddart (Mercedes-Benz) ended up eleventh, 14th, 16th and 17th respectively.
In free practice, the lap times of all drivers, all the way down to Rahel Frey (Audi) in 18th place, were within one second. The Swiss was 0.790 seconds down. With 75 laps and 144.675 kilometres, Gary Paffett completed the longest distance.
Second free practice of the DTM follows on Saturday morning from 9.00 till 10.30 h local time in the UK. Qualifying from 14.10 h onwards will decide on the starting grid positions for the seventh round of the season. ARD will be broadcasting qualifying live from the UK from 15.03 h German time.