Gary Paffett fastest in rain-soaked first practice at the Nürburgring

Gary Paffett fastest in rain-soaked first practice at the Nürburgring

Gary Paffett
Photo: Daimler Press

As the 2017 DTM campaign nears its conclusion in the coming month, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters returned once again to the famed Nürburgring.

The first practice session for this weekend’s two races in the Eifel region saw the 18 drivers – that are currently all still in possible contention for this year’s championship title – battle the typical regional weather that was entirely heavy rainfall on Friday afternoon.

Still, the 30-minute session had little incidents, with drivers showcasing good car control amid difficult circumstances.

British driver and 2005 DTM champion Gary Paffett, driving for the AMG HWA Team, went fastest of the lot with a 1:36.959, with fellow Mercedes-Benz pilot Paul di Resta following closely in second.

BMW Team RMG teammates Augusto Farfus and Marco Wittmann scored the third and fourth fastest laps respectively.

Current runner-up in the championship René Rast was the fastest Audi driver in fifth place, while BMW Team RBM’s Maxime Martin ended the session in sixth.

Martin’s teammate Tom Blomqvist followed in seventh, with just 0.021 seconds separating the Briton from Swiss Audi Abt Sportsline driver Nico Müller.

Bruno Spengler from BMW Team RBM and Team RMG’s Timo Glock were ninth and tenth quickest, putting all of BMW’s cars into the top ten.

The first of two races at the Nürburgring is due to take place on Saturday at 14:45 local time, with a 20-minute qualifying session prior at 11:40.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 18 1:36.959 0.000
2 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 19 1:37.050 0.091
3 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 19 1:37.098 0.139
4 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 19 1:37.352 0.393
5 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 19 1:37.735 0.776
6 36 Maxime MARTIN BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 20 1:37.827 0.868
7 31 Tom BLOMQVIST BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 17 1:38.022 1.063
8 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:38.043 1.084
9 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 17 1:38.131 1.172
10 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 19 1:38.138 1.179
11 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:38.292 1.333
12 22 Lucas AUER Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 17 1:38.449 1.490
13 5 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 15 1:38.613 1.654
14 48 Edoardo MORTARA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 16 1:38.995 2.036
15 6 Robert WICKENS Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 18 1:39.012 2.053
16 77 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:39.168 2.209
17 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:39.876 2.917
18 63 Maro ENGEL Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 18 1:40.776 3.817