Albuquerque fastest as Audi dominates opening DTM practice at the Nurburgring

Filipe Albuquerque set the pace in opening practice for this weekend's DTM round at the Nurburgring as Audi drivers locked out five of the top six spots on Friday afternoon

Albuquerque fastest as Audi dominates opening DTM practice at the Nurburgring

The Portuguese driver set his best time of 1m25.007s in the dying minutes of the session to put his Team Rosberg car on top of the timesheets and knock Mike Rockenfeller's Phoenix A5 down to second by 0.539s.

Abt driver Mattias Ekstrom was able to squeeze in between Albuquerque and Rockenfeller before the end too, his best lap 0.390s adrift of the benchmark.

Jamie Green was the only non-Audi interloper in the top six; the HWA Mercedes man 0.600s off the pace in fourth, while Miguel Molina - who was fastest at the midway point - was next up for Phoenix.

Adrien Tambay was sixth-fastest for Abt with championship leader Gary Paffett right behind him, the HWA driver having leapt up 10 spots with a fine lap late-on.

Albuquerque's team-mate Edoardo Mortara was next up, while Dirk Werner was BMW's best representative in ninth in his Schnitzer car.

Ralf Schumacher completed the top 10 for HWA while BMW's best-placed drivers in the points, Bruno Spengler and Martin Tomczyk, were 12th and 16th.

British drivers Andy Priaulx (RBM BMW), Susie Wolff (Persson Mercedes) and David Coulthard (Mucke Mercedes) were 14th, 17th and 20th respectively.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Filipe Albuquerque Rosberg Audi 1m25.007s 2. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m25.397s + 0.390s 3. Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m25.546s + 0.539s 4. Jamie Green HWA Mercedes 1m25.607s + 0.600s 5. Miguel Molina Phoenix Audi 1m25.735s + 0.728s 6. Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m25.740s + 0.733s 7. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m25.783s + 0.776s 8. Edoardo Mortara Rosberg Audi 1m25.806s + 0.799s 9. Dirk Werner Schnitzer BMW 1m25.879s + 0.872s 10. Ralf Schumacher HWA Mercedes 1m25.906s + 0.899s 11. Rahel Frey Abt Audi 1m25.908s + 0.901s 12. Bruno Spengler Schnitzer BMW 1m25.950s + 0.943s 13. Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m25.988s + 0.981s 14. Andy Priaulx RBM BMW 1m26.001s + 0.994s 15. Timo Scheider Abt Audi 1m26.082s + 1.075s 16. Martin Tomczyk RMG BMW 1m26.157s + 1.150s 17. Susie Wolff Persson Mercedes 1m26.184s + 1.177s 18. Robert Wickens Mucke Mercedes 1m26.314s + 1.307s 19. David Coulthard Mucke Mercedes 1m26.321s + 1.314s 20. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m26.327s + 1.320s 21. Roberto Merhi Persson Mercedes 1m26.671s + 1.664s 22. Joey Hand RMG BMW 1m26.703s + 1.696s 
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