Mike Rockenfeller fastest in all three practice sessions at Hockenheim

Mike Rockenfeller fastest in all three practice sessions at Hockenheim

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Audi Sport Team Phoenix’s Mike Rockenfeller continued his dominant practice pace at the Hockenheimring by topping the final practice session of the 2017 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season.

The 2013 champion was quickest in the first and second practice sessions earlier in the weekend, and enjoyed a late-race charge in the penultimate round of the championship yesterday to finish second in race one.

Rockenfeller set a 1:31.269, just 0.023 seconds faster than Mercedes driver Robert Wickens and less than a tenth quicker than Audi stablemate Nico Müller.

In fourth position was 2005 champion Gary Paffett, who was trading places with Wickens for the quickest time midway through the half-hour session.

The fastest BMW driver was defending champion Marco Wittmann, whose time of 1:31.578 meant he completed the top five, 0.013 seconds faster than Maro Engel.

DTM rookie and title contender René Rast placed in seventh position, ahead of current points leader Mattias Ekström.

Maxime Martin and Edoardo Mortara rounded out the top ten, ahead of race one winner Jamie Green, who sits second in the championship standings, nine points adrift of Ekström.

Yesterday’s polesitter Timo Glock failed to set a representative time, and spent the majority of the session with a mechanical issue.

Qualifying for the championship-deciding final round of the DTM season gets underway at 12:00 CEST, lasting for 20 minutes.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:31.269 0.000
2 6 Robert WICKENS Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 17 1:31.292 0.023
3 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:31.330 0.061
4 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 18 1:31.530 0.261
5 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 13 1:31.578 0.309
6 63 Maro ENGEL Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 15 1:31.591 0.322
7 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 17 1:31.744 0.475
8 5 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:31.793 0.524
9 36 Maxime MARTIN BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 15 1:31.815 0.546
10 48 Edoardo MORTARA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 13 1:31.820 0.551
11 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 20 1:31.844 0.575
12 22 Lucas AUER Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 17 1:31.900 0.631
13 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 17 1:32.077 0.808
14 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 15 1:32.080 0.811
15 31 Tom BLOMQVIST BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 14 1:32.088 0.819
16 77 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:32.237 0.968
17 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 16 1:32.237 0.968
18 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 4 1:40.379 9.110