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Rockenfeller fastest at Lausitz

Mike Rockenfeller, Phoenix Audi, Lausitz 2010Mike Rockenfeller set the pace for Audi in the first DTM free practice session at Lausitz on Friday.

The German ended the session in the top spot having traded places with Timo Scheider on several occasions in the final half an hour, after Rockenfeller's 2008-spec Audi had been fastest for most of the session before that.

Reigning champion Scheider, who is hoping that he now has enough of an understanding of this year's new tyre compound to make up for a tough start to the season, eventually had to settle for second, while Maro Engel led a late-session charge from several of the '08 Mercedes to take third.

Engel set his time with just two minutes remaining in the session, and just behind him Susie Stoddart put in a similarly impressive lap to move her up to fifth.

While there were no heroics from the traditional leader of the 2008 Mercedes Jamie Green, DTM rookie David Coulthard also got in on the act and went sixth with his penultimate lap of the session.

With Alexandre Premat in between them all in fourth, it meant that five of the top six places were filled by older-spec cars.

The top 10 was completed by 2009 cars though, with the Audis of Mattias Ekstrom and Martin Tomczyk next up, followed by the top '09 Mercedes of Bruno Spengler, and Oliver Jarvis in another Abt Audi.

The places just outside of the top 10 were filled with race-winning Britons, as Gary Paffett, Green and Paul di Resta were next up for Mercedes.

The session was red-flagged around halfway through to enable track workers to fix one of the kerbs on the exit of Turn 1. Franky Cheng had suffered serious damage when he ran over one of the raised sections, and his mechanics were unable to repair his Mercedes in time to get him back out.

Pos Driver                 Car           Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Mike Rockenfeller      Audi          1m19.770s            32
 2. Timo Scheider          Audi          1m19.880s  +0.110    27
 3. Maro Engel             Mercedes      1m19.957s  +0.187    41
 4. Alexandre Premat       Audi          1m20.080s  +0.310    41
 5. Susie Stoddart         Mercedes      1m20.298s  +0.528    40
 6. David Coulthard        Mercedes      1m20.366s  +0.596    41
 7. Mattias Ekstrom        Audi          1m20.367s  +0.597    41
 8. Martin Tomczyk         Audi          1m20.372s  +0.602    42
 9. Bruno Spengler         Mercedes      1m20.386s  +0.616    40
10. Oliver Jarvis          Audi          1m20.446s  +0.676    52
11. Gary Paffett           Mercedes      1m20.487s  +0.717    30
12. Jamie Green            Mercedes      1m20.497s  +0.727    39
13. Paul di Resta          Mercedes      1m20.770s  +1.000    35
14. Markus Winkelhock      Audi          1m21.005s  +1.235    35
15. Ralf Schumacher        Mercedes      1m21.017s  +1.247    28
16. Miguel Molina          Audi          1m21.027s  +1.257    36
17. Katherine Legge        Audi          1m21.042s  +1.272    43
18. Franky Cheng           Mercedes      1m25.255s  +5.485     8
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