Lucas Auer continues Mercedes dominance, topping final free practice

Lucas Auer continues Mercedes dominance, topping final free practice

Lucas Auer
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Mercedes’ best hope for another drivers’ title in the DTM, Lucas Auer, continued his good form at the Nüburgring by leading a Stuttgart 1-2-3 in the final free practice session of the weekend.

The race one winner set the best time of the half-hour session under dry conditions with a 1:21.258, ahead of 2005 champion Gary Paffett and Canada’s Robert Wickens.

The trio were separated by 0.148 seconds, with the best efforts from all drivers happening in the final three minutes of the session.

Defending champion Marco Wittmann was the best of the BMW contingent in fourth, leading a trio of M4 DTMs, with Tom Blomqvist and Timo Glock completing the top six.

René Rast, who received a five-place grid penalty for race two following his contact with Maro Engle yesterday, was the best of the Audi Sport contingent in seventh.

Bruno Spengler was eighth, ahead of Auer’s BWT team mate Edoardo Mortara, with 2013 champion Mike Rockenfeller completing the top ten, who were separated by 0.439 seconds.

Qualifying for the second race of the weekend gets underway at 12:00 local time (11:00 BST), lasting for 20 minutes.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 22 Lucas AUER Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 18 1:21.258 0.000
2 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 19 1:21.351 0.093
3 6 Robert WICKENS Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 23 1:21.406 0.148
4 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 13 1:21.486 0.228
5 31 Tom BLOMQVIST BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 18 1:21.520 0.262
6 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 16 1:21.549 0.291
7 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 22 1:21.557 0.299
8 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 17 1:21.558 0.300
9 48 Edoardo MORTARA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 19 1:21.611 0.353
10 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 21 1:21.697 0.439
11 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 18 1:21.708 0.450
12 63 Maro ENGEL Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 21 1:21.729 0.471
13 5 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 19 1:21.795 0.537
14 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 20 1:22.016 0.758
15 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 17 1:22.263 1.005
16 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 14 1:22.667 1.409
17 77 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:22.727 1.469
18 36 Maxime MARTIN BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 14 1:23.651 2.393