Gary Paffett leads Mercedes 1-2 at Lausitz second practice

Gary Paffett leads Mercedes 1-2 at Lausitz second practice

Gary Paffett
Photo: ITR e.V.

Gary Paffett continued a strong performance for Mercedes during second free practice at Eurospeedway Lausitz, posting the best lap time of a 1:37.681 during the 30-minute session.

The 2005 champion was 0.272 seconds ahead of fellow Stuttgart stablemate Paul Di Resta, with current points leader Timo Glock being the best of the BMW drivers in third.

Audi Sport rookie Robin Frijns showed good pace around the Brandeburg-based circuit, as the Dutchman was fourth, a mere 0.007 seconds off Glock.

Lucas Auer made it three Mercedes in the top five, as the Austrian was close to bettering Frijns’ time.

Two-time champion Marco Wittmann was sixth quickest, ahead of Philipp Eng, who was 0.566 seconds off the pace.

Edoardo Mortara was faster than defending champion Rene Rast, with the Italian taking eighth spot, whilst Spain’s Daniel Juncadella rounded out the top ten.

Despite having posted the slowest time, 2013 champion Mike Rockenfeller has been investigated, due to work having been carried out by his engineers on the car in the pit exit lane.

Qualifying gets underway for the first race of the weekend at 11.10 local time, lasting for 20 minutes.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 15 1:37.681 0.000
2 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 13 1:37.953 0.272
3 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 12 1:38.043 0.362
4 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 15 1:38.050 0.369
5 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 14 1:38.055 0.374
6 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 13 1:38.094 0.413
7 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 13 1:38.247 0.566
8 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 15 1:38.341 0.660
9 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 15 1:38.389 0.708
10 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 14 1:38.439 0.758
11 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 12 1:38.461 0.780
12 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 15 1:38.541 0.860
13 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 15 1:38.657 0.976
14 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 14 1:38.672 0.991
15 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:38.681 1.000
16 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:38.710 1.029
17 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 12 1:38.898 1.217
18 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:38.899 1.218