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Farfus fastest in brief Lausitzring practice

Photo by BMW AGBMW’s Augusto Farfus was the fastest driver in a brief 15-minute free practice session for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters at the Lausitzring, after both planned sessions were earlier cancelled due to thick fog at the circuit.

Thick fog at the east German circuit meant that the scheduled first practice session was continually delayed throughout the morning and early afternoon. With the fog slow to clear, officials took the decision to cancel both first and second practice and instead schedule a short 15-minute session 45 minutes before qualifying.

With times continuing to tumble throughout the damp 15-minute session it was BMW Team RBM’s Farfus who emerged on top at the end, posting the top time in the final seconds of the session.

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Championship leader Marco Wittmann was second for BMW Team RMG, 0.215 seconds behind. BMW Team MTEK’s Timo Glock made it three BMWs at the top in third.

Daniel Juncadella was the top Mercedes-Benz driver in fourth in a session which saw three of the AMG C-Coupé’s make it into the top ten, with Christian Vietoris sixth and Paul di Resta seventh.

Audi’s top driver was Abt Sportsline’s Miguel Molina in eighth, despite 23rd-placed Timo Scheider being top of the times with four minutes to go.

Such was the speed of the session that the 23 cars were covered by 7.508 seconds, with times tumbling by seconds as the track improved in the final minutes.

Qualifying takes place at 16:45 CEST (15:45 BST).

Top ten times

1 3 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 11 1:22.622
2 23 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 11 1:22.837 0.215
3 17 Timo GLOCK BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 11 1:23.038 0.416
4 19 Daniel JUNCADELLA Petronas AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 11 1:23.287 0.665
5 4 Joey HAND BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 11 1:23.315 0.693
6 5 Christian VIETORIS Original-Teile AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 11 1:23.445 0.823
7 6 Paul di RESTA AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 11 1:23.537 0.915
8 8 Miguel MOLINA Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:23.571 0.949
9 24 Maxime MARTIN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 10 1:23.841 1.219
10 1 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:24.312 1.690

Complete session results

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