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Premat fastest in Friday practice

Alexandre PrematAlexandre Premat finished the first DTM free practice session of the weekend at Zandvoort half a second clear of the field on Friday.

The Audi driver led a 1-2-3 for the Ingolstadt marque with Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekstrom next up.

Premat has shown blistering form at the Dutch circuit before. In 2007 he gave away a victory to Martin Tomczyk on the run to the chequered flag to help Audi's title chances.

Maro Engel's 2008-spec C-class was the only Mercedes to get into the top eight, setting the fourth-fastest time. But Audi will be wary of reading too much into Friday's times after it made a strong start last time out at the Nurburgring and was then beaten comfortably in the race.

Timo Scheider, Markus Winkelhock, Martin Tomczyk and Oliver Jarvis filled fifth to eighth places. The top 10 was completed by the Mercedes of Susie Stoddart and Gary Paffett, but the pair were more than one second adrift of Premat's best lap.

Pos Driver                Car           Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Alexandre Premat      Audi          1m33.274s           29
 2. Mike Rockenfeller     Audi          1m33.793s  +0.519   28
 3. Mattias Ekstrom       Audi          1m33.863s  +0.589   34
 4. Maro Engel            Mercedes      1m33.959s  +0.685   26
 5. Timo Scheider         Audi          1m34.125s  +0.851   37
 6. Markus Winkelhock     Audi          1m34.320s  +1.046   25
 7. Martin Tomczyk        Audi          1m34.368s  +1.094   36
 8. Oliver Jarvis         Audi          1m34.385s  +1.111   36
 9. Susie Stoddart        Mercedes      1m34.424s  +1.150   29
10. Gary Paffett          Mercedes      1m34.528s  +1.254   29
11. Paul di Resta         Mercedes      1m34.539s  +1.265   26
12. Miguel Molina         Audi          1m34.691s  +1.417   40
13. Bruno Spengler        Mercedes      1m34.754s  +1.480   30
14. Jamie Green           Mercedes      1m34.777s  +1.503   26
15. David Coulthard       Mercedes      1m34.960s  +1.686   28
16. Ralf Schumacher       Mercedes      1m35.064s  +1.790   27
17. Cong Fu Cheng         Mercedes      1m35.116s  +1.842   26
18. Katherine Legge       Audi          1m35.569s  +2.295   35
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