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Wickens keeps Mercedes on top at Norisring

Photo by ITR e.V.Robert Wickens kept Mercedes-Benz on top of the times in second practice for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters at the Norisring, beating Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller to the top time.

Wickens, who had been second fastest in first practice, hit the top of the times after around 45 minutes and ended the session 0.095 seconds faster than Rockenfeller.

Mercedes’ Christian Vietoris was third, having improved in the closing minutes of the hour-long session, ahead of stablemate Pascal Wehrlein in fourth.

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Norisring ‘master’ Jamie Green was fifth fastest in his Rosberg Audi, ahead of fellow Brit Paul di Resta’s Mercedes in sixth.

Championship leader Marco Wittmann was the top BMW driver in seventh, with the Munich manufacturer continuing to struggle in second practice.

Gary Paffett was eighth, having earlier topped the times for the first half of the session. Paffett was the fifth Mercedes driver in the top ten.

Completing the top ten were Audi’s Mattias Ekström and BMW’s Bruno Spengler, with the latter having improved his time in the closing minutes of the session.

The morning’s early pace-setter Daniel Juncadella was 11th, whilst the only other Mercedes not in the top ten was Vitaly Petrov who ended the session in 23rd and last.

Incredibly all 23 drivers were covered by just 0.626 seconds. There were no major incidents during the session, with all drivers keeping enough distance from the walls of the street circuit.

Qualifying takes place at 14:50 CEST (13:50 BST).

Top ten times

1 12 Robert WICKENS FREE MAN’S WORLD AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 33 48.210 0.000
2 1 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 45 48.305 0.095
3 5 Christian VIETORIS Original-Teile AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 41 48.338 0.128
4 25 Pascal WEHRLEIN gooix AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 42 48.393 0.183
5 21 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 48 48.406 0.196
6 6 Paul di RESTA AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 39 48.414 0.204
7 23 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 36 48.420 0.210
8 11 Gary PAFFETT EURONICS AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 39 48.427 0.217
9 7 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 44 48.435 0.225
10 9 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 38 48.435 0.225

Complete session results

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