Mike Rockenfeller heads Audi 1-2-3-4 in first Norisring practice

Mike Rockenfeller heads Audi 1-2-3-4 in first Norisring practice

Mike Rockenfeller
Photo: ITR GmbH

Mike Rockenfeller headed up an Audi 1-2-3-4 at the top of the times in first practice for the DTM at the Norisring, with the 2013 champion ending up over a tenth clear of Loïc Duval in the second Team Phoenix RS5.

Rockenfeller – who has never even scored a podium finish on the Nuremberg circuit before – edged out his French team-mate in a relatively sedate first session of the day, with the 18-car field covered by almost a second and a half on the 2.3 km circuit.

2017 champion René Rast and Nico Müller were third and fourth respectively, whilst fifth-placed Philipp Eng was the best BMW driver, over half a second off the pace.

Dutchman Robin Frijns put his Abt Sportsline Audi in sixth, ahead of BMW’s Bruno Spengler in seventh and the second Rosberg Audi of Jamie Green in eighth.

R Motorsport Aston Martin’s Daniel Juncadella was ninth, with the top ten being completed by BMW’s Marco Wittmann.

Second practice takes place at 16:15 CEST (15:15 BST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 39 46.527 0.000
2 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 44 46.657 0.130
3 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 36 46.699 0.172
4 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 51 46.747 0.220
5 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 50 47.046 0.519
6 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 32 47.096 0.569
7 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 41 47.144 0.617
8 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 54 47.208 0.681
9 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 46 47.337 0.810
10 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 45 47.408 0.881
11 3 Paul DI RESTA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 31 47.504 0.977
12 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 48 47.508 0.981
13 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 40 47.561 1.034
14 62 Ferdinand VON HABSBURG R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 45 47.704 1.177
15 31 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 49 47.723 1.196
16 76 Jake DENNIS R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 12 47.744 1.217
17 21 Pietro FITTIPALDI Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 27 47.826 1.299
18 27 Jonathan ABERDEIN Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 40 48.019 1.492