Mike Rockenfeller leads the way in Lausitz first practice

Mike Rockenfeller leads the way in Lausitz first practice

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Mike Rockenfeller was fastest for the first Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters free practice at the Lausitzring, as the Audi Sport driver led an Ingolstadt 1-2, ahead of Sweden’s Mattias Ekström.

The 2013 champion posted the fastest time of a 1:17.278, just 0.097 seconds ahead of his stablemate, with Mercedes’ Robert Wickens bringing his C63 AMG Coupé into the top three.

The top three were separated by just over two tenths of a second, whilst Audi dominated proceedings, with all of their RS5 DTMs in the top half of the time sheets.

Last year’s race one winner and current points leader Lucas Auer was fifth fastest behind Team Rosberg’s Jamie Green, who took the first double win at the Brandenburg circuit in 2015.

Loïc Duval was eighth fastest in his Audi, over a very tightly-packed field, with all 18 drivers split by 1.025 seconds, as the Mercedes pair of Maro Engel and Edoardo Mortara were the slowest of all runners.

Defending champion Marco Wittmann was 13th fastest, with all six M4 DTMs ending up in the lower half of the field, led by Britain’s Tom Blomqvist in 11th.

Gary Paffett, who takes his 150th DTM start this weekend, rounded out the top ten, behind Scotland’s Paul Di Resta.

Free Practice 2 gets underway tomorrow morning (Saturday, May 20th) at 0840 local time, lasting for 30 minutes.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 26 1:17.278 0.000
2 5 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 22 1:17.375 0.097
3 6 Robert WICKENS Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 22 1:17.489 0.211
4 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 22 1:17.547 0.269
5 22 Lucas AUER Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 24 1:17.606 0.328
6 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 25 1:17.734 0.456
7 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 25 1:17.900 0.622
8 77 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:17.974 0.696
9 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 25 1:18.016 0.738
10 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 25 1:18.023 0.745
11 31 Tom BLOMQVIST BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 21 1:18.034 0.756
12 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 19 1:18.068 0.790
13 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 20 1:18.073 0.795
14 36 Maxime MARTIN BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 21 1:18.178 0.900
15 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 22 1:18.195 0.917
16 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 20 1:18.225 0.947
17 63 Maro ENGEL Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 25 1:18.235 0.957
18 48 Edoardo MORTARA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 20 1:18.303 1.025