René Rast continues DTM momentum by topping opening Hockenheim practice

René Rast continues DTM momentum by topping opening Hockenheim practice

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Defending champion René Rast continued his Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters form by topping the timesheets in opening practice at Hockenheim.

Rast, who has won the previous four races and has an outside shot at the title this weekend, set a 1:33.780 to put him 0.171s ahead of fellow Audi racer Jamie Green.

Next was the Mercedes duo of Daniel Juncadella and Pascal Wehrlein, hoping to go well in the brand’s final weekend of competing in the series.

Rast set the early pace, setting his fastest time in the first half of the session, while championship rivals Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffett struggled in 13th and 15th respectively.

Loic Duval completed the top five ahead of Timo Glock in the fastest of the BMWs.

Glock led a trio of BMW drivers with Joel Eriksson in seventh, Philip Eng in eighth and Augusto Farfus in ninth.

Spielberg podium finisher Nico Müller rounded out the top ten.

The second practice session for the Hockenheim season finale gets underway at 08:00 CEST [07:00 BST] tomorrow [13th October].

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:33.780 0.000
2 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 16 1:33.951 0.171
3 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 13 1:34.045 0.265
4 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 16 1:34.050 0.270
5 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 19 1:34.073 0.293
6 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 20 1:34.122 0.342
7 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 19 1:34.163 0.383
8 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 19 1:34.208 0.428
9 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 20 1:34.283 0.503
10 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 21 1:34.304 0.524
11 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 20 1:34.331 0.551
12 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 18 1:34.332 0.552
13 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 18 1:34.366 0.586
14 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 5 1:34.478 0.698
15 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 20 1:34.541 0.761
16 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 20 1:34.638 0.858
17 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 6 1:35.141 1.361
18 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 3 No time N/A