Pascal Wehrlein goes fastest in first Lausitz practice

Pascal Wehrlein goes fastest in first Lausitz practice

Pascal Wehrlein
Photo: ITR e.V.

Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein set the pace in first DTM practice at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, with the 2015 champion putting in a best time that was three tenths faster than Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller.

Wehrlein hit the top of the times after around 12 minutes with his lap of 1 minute 39.344 seconds, and the German remained at the head of the timesheets thereafter. His lap time was around three tenths slower than the best lap around the longer Lausitzring circuit, which was last used in the DTM in 2004.

German Rockenfeller was second under clear and sunny skies, ahead of Mercedes duo Edoardo Mortara in third and Daniel Juncadella in fourth – with the Stuttgart marque having often had strong form at the East German circuit, with 13 out of 21 wins at the track.

Swiss racer Nico Müller put his Audi RS5 in fifth, ahead of the leading Brit of Jamie Green in sixth.

Philipp Eng was the leading BMW driver in seventh, putting the Austrian seventh tenths from the pace, ahead of Mercedes’ Paul di Resta in eighth.

BMW’s two-time champion Marco Wittmann and Mercedes’ Lucas Auer completed the top ten, the latter making it five Mercedes inside the top ten.

Second practice takes place at 09:15 CEST (08:15 BST) on Saturday.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 17 1:39.344 0.000
2 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 20 1:39.669 0.325
3 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 20 1:39.896 0.552
4 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 17 1:39.993 0.649
5 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 17 1:39.997 0.653
6 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:40.064 0.720
7 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 19 1:40.076 0.732
8 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 21 1:40.085 0.741
9 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 20 1:40.101 0.757
10 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 20 1:40.123 0.779
11 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 21 1:40.190 0.846
12 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 18 1:40.409 1.065
13 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:40.420 1.076
14 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 19 1:40.497 1.153
15 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 16 1:40.702 1.358
16 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:40.841 1.497
17 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 20 1:40.984 1.640
18 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 17 1:41.271 1.927