Audi’s Loïc Duval fastest in first practice at Assen

Audi’s Loïc Duval fastest in first practice at Assen

Loïc Duval
Photo: ITR GmbH

Audi’s Loïc Duval set the pace in the opening free practice session for the DTM at the TT Circuit Assen, with the German series making its first visit to the famous motorcycle circuit.

Duval was two tenths of a second clear of stablemate Nico Müller, as the field was relatively spaced out around the 4.545 km circuit, with only seven drivers covered by a second.

Dutch local Robin Frijns was third quickest in the second of the Abt Sportsline Audi’s directly behind his team-mate, whilst Timo Glock was the quickest of the BMW drivers in fourth.

Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann was fifth, ahead of the independent WRT Audi of Pietro Fittipaldi in sixth.

Daniel Juncadella was an impressive seventh quickest in the top R Motorsport Aston Martin, and the last driver within a second of Duval.

Jonathan Aberdein made it two WRT RS5s in the top ten in eighth, with Audi duo René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller completing the top ten.

Second practice gets underway at 15:25 BST (16:25 CEST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 14 1:26.700 0.000
2 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 27 1:26.921 0.221
3 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 24 1:26.985 0.285
4 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 28 1:27.115 0.415
5 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 26 1:27.300 0.600
6 21 Pietro FITTIPALDI Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 28 1:27.468 0.768
7 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 25 1:27.667 0.967
8 27 Jonathan ABERDEIN Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 23 1:27.832 1.132
9 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 28 1:28.015 1.315
10 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 27 1:28.055 1.355
11 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 27 1:28.104 1.404
12 62 Ferdinand VON HABSBURG R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 25 1:28.475 1.775
13 76 Jake DENNIS R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 22 1:28.515 1.815
14 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 30 1:28.624 1.924
15 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 8 1:28.686 1.986
16 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 31 1:28.839 2.139
17 31 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 30 1:28.861 2.161
18 3 Paul DI RESTA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 26 1:28.992 2.292