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Hockenheim DTM: Marco Wittmann tops first practice of 2014

Marco Wittmann set the pace in the first practice session of the new DTM season at Hockenheim.

The RMG BMW made several appearances in the top three throughout the 90-minute session, before jumping into first with a 1m32.654s lap just three minutes from the end.

Miguel Molina, who had been in the top three for the majority of the session, did his best to match Wittmann just seconds later, but the Abt Audi driver fell just over half a tenth short.

His team-mate Adrien Tambay finished third with a 1m32.855s.

Rookie Nico Muller did a solid job to finish the session fourth in his Rosberg Audi, ahead of RBM BMW driver Augusto Farfus.

Edoardo Mortara (Abt Audi) wound up finishing the session sixth after leading the way for the majority of the 90 minutes, ahead of MTEK BMW rookie Antonio Felix da Costa and Rosberg Audi's Jamie Green, who was the best Briton in eighth.

It was a miserable session for Mercedes, Pascal Wehrlein the best of the C-Coupes down in 13th on his debut in the HWA squad.

Britons Paul di Resta and Gary Paffett (both HWA) were 18th and 19th fastest respectively, as Mercedes drivers filled the last six positions.

Pos Driver                  Car                Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Marco Wittmann          RMG BMW            1m32.654s           29
 2. Miguel Molina           Abt Audi           1m32.706s  +0.052s  34
 3. Adrien Tambay           Abt Audi           1m32.855s  +0.201s  33
 4. Nico Muller             Rosberg Audi       1m32.915s  +0.261s  33
 5. Augusto Farfus          RBM BMW            1m32.998s  +0.344s  28
 6. Edoardo Mortara         Abt Audi           1m33.014s  +0.360s  24
 7. Antonio Felix da Costa  MTEK BMW           1m33.056s  +0.402s  34
 8. Jamie Green             Rosberg Audi       1m33.057s  +0.403s  35
 9. Mike Rockenfeller       Phoenix Audi       1m33.072s  +0.418s  36
10. Joey Hand               RBM BMW            1m33.160s  +0.506s  31
11. Timo Scheider           Phoenix Audi       1m33.176s  +0.522s  28
12. Mattias Ekstrom         Abt Audi           1m33.322s  +0.668s  36
13. Pascal Wherlein         HWA Mercedes       1m33.342s  +0.688s  37
14. Timo Glock              MTEK BMW           1m33.406s  +0.752s  33
15. Martin Tomczyk          Schnitzer BMW      1m33.457s  +0.803s  30
16. Bruno Spengler          Schnitzer BMW      1m33.465s  +0.811s  33
17. Maxime Martin           RMG BMW            1m33.541s  +0.887s  31
18. Paul Di Resta           HWA Mercedes       1m33.861s  +1.207s  27
19. Gary Paffett            HWA Mercedes       1m33.922s  +1.268s  26
20. Daniel Juncadella       HWA Mercedes       1m33.965s  +1.311s  28
21. Vitaly Petrov           Mucke Mercedes     1m34.172s  +1.518s  36
22. Robert Wickens          HWA Mercedes       1m34.282s  +1.628s  30
23. Christian Vietoris      HWA Mercedes       1m34.296s  +1.642s  35

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