Miguel Molina was the surprise pacesetter in first free practice as the DTM round at Brands Hatch got underway on Friday, where the top four positions on the timesheets were filled by older-spec cars.

The young Spaniard lapped the Kent venue's short Indy circuit in 42.776 seconds. He was only 0.036s ahead of fellow 2008-spec Audi driver Edoardo Mortara. Mucke Mercedes teammates Maro Engel and David Coulthard were third and fourth respectively, both within a tenth of a second of Molina's benchmark time.

Mike Rockenfeller was the best of the latest-spec cars in fifth, closely followed by fellow Abt Audi driver Timo Scheider. Ralf Schumacher was the best of the crack HWA Mercedes squad's quartet of drivers in seventh.

Schumacher shaded older-spec Mercedes driver Christian Vietoris, who arrived in the UK fresh from pole position and victory in GP2 at Spa-Francorchamps last Saturday, by just eight thousandths of a second.

Mattias Ekstrom, winner last time out at the Nurburgring, was ninth for Audi ahead of Renger van der Zande. Gary Paffett began his home race weekend in 11th place, one place ahead of Mercedes teammate and championship leader Bruno Spengler.

Filipe Albuquerque was next up in his Audi, ahead of another local star Jamie Green. Title contender Martin Tomczyk could not reproduce the pace of his fellow older-spec Audi drivers, ending up a lowly 15th.

The final two British drivers Oliver Jarvis and Susie Stoddart were 16th and 17th, with Rahel Frey propping up the timesheets, albeit less than 0.8s away from Molina.

The cars will return to the track for second free practice on Saturday morning from 9.00 until 10.30. The qualifying session will commence at 14:10.

Free practice 1 times:

Pos. Driver / Entrant / Car Laps Time Gap
1. Miguel Molina
Audi Sport Team Abt Junior
Red Bull Audi A4 DTM
61 42.776  
2. Edoardo Mortara
Audi Sport Team Rosberg
Playboy Audi A4 DTM
56 42.812 00.036
3. Maro Engel
GQ AMG Mercedes
GQ AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
62 42.862 00.086
4. David Coulthard
Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes
Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
60 42.870 00.094
5. Mike Rockenfeller
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
54 42.877 00.101
6. Timo Scheider
Audi Sport Team Abt
52 42.899 00.123
7. Ralf Schumacher
Salzgitter AMG Mercedes
Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
73 42.947 00.171
8. Christian Vietoris
Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes
Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
53 42.955 00.179
9. Mattias Ekström
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
Red Bull Audi A4 DTM
53 42.983 00.207
10. Renger van der Zande
stern AMG Mercedes
stern AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
54 43.049 00.273
11. Gary Paffett
Thomas Sabo AMG Mercedes
Thomas Sabo AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
75 43.054 00.278
12. Bruno Spengler
Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG
Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Klasse
50 43.080 00.304
13. Filipe Albuquerque
Audi Sport Team Rosberg
TV Movie Audi A4 DTM
67 43.105 00.329
14. Jamie Green
AMG Mercedes
AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
48 43.148 00.372
15. Martin Tomczyk
Audi Sport Team Phoenix
Schaeffler Audi A4 DTM
61 43.154 00.378
16. Oliver Jarvis
Audi Sport Team Abt
Audi Sport performance cars A4 DTM
52 43.192 00.416
17. Susie Stoddart
TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes
TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
61 43.325 00.549
18. Rahel Frey
Audi Sport Team Phoenix
Glamour Audi A4 DTM
60 43.566 00.790