Audi's Mike Rockenfeller leads DTM practice one at Spielberg

Mike Rockenfeller put Audi on top of the timesheets in the first DTM practice session at Spielberg as several Mercedes drivers - including championship leader Gary Paffett - went off

Audi's Mike Rockenfeller leads DTM practice one at Spielberg

Paffett left the road at the entrance to the left-handed Lauda Kurve 25 minutes into the session, understeering off into the gravel and stopping just short of the tyre barrier.

His HWA Mercedes team-mates Ralf Schumacher and Jamie Green had lesser offs at the same corner later in the session; Schumacher taking a high-speed trip through the gravel before rejoining the circuit and Green limiting his excursion to the grass at the corner's exit.

Throughout all of this, Audi cars emerged out front. Mattias Ekstrom was fastest after the opening 45 minutes of running, the Abt driver having lapped in 1m27.724s. Rockenfeller then produced a 1m27.271s lap within the final 10 minutes to put his Phoenix A5 on top.

After failing to reproduce his Hockenheim qualifying form at either of the last two races, Dirk Werner was BMW's best performer in second for Schnitzer, 0.182s slower. Paffett, his car cleared of gravel, climbed to third spot late on.

Abt driver Timo Scheider and the RMG BMW of champion Martin Tomczyk completed the top five, with Filipe Albuquerque and Roberto Merhi next up for the Rosberg Audi and Persson Mercedes squads respectively.

Their team-mates, Edoardo Mortara and Susie Wolff, fared less well. Mortara suffered a near-identical off to Paffett's at Lauda while Wolff beached her C-coupe in the gravel at the downhill Schlossgold hairpin.

With those two out of the picture, the top 10 was completed by Ekstrom, his Abt team-mate Adrien Tambay, who himself did well to control a massive slide at the final corner, and Green.

Britain's Andy Priaulx (RBM BMW) was 13th - one place behind Wolff - while David Coulthard (Mucke Mercedes) was 14th. Schnitzer driver Bruno Spengler was only 18th, having had 10 minutes of driving time taken away by race officials for a pitlane infringement during roll-out.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m27.271s 2. Dirk Werner Schnitzer BMW 1m27.453s + 0.182s 3. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m27.475s + 0.204s 4. Timo Scheider Abt Audi 1m27.480s + 0.209s 5. Martin Tomczyk RMG BMW 1m27.579s + 0.308s 6. Filipe Albuquerque Rosberg Audi 1m27.613s + 0.342s 7. Roberto Merhi Persson Mercedes 1m27.696s + 0.425s 8. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m27.724s + 0.453s 9. Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m27.758s + 0.487s 10. Jamie Green HWA Mercedes 1m27.761s + 0.490s 11. Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m27.781s + 0.510s 12. Susie Wolff Persson Mercedes 1m27.815s + 0.544s 13. Andy Priaulx RBM BMW 1m27.851s + 0.580s 14. David Coulthard Mucke Mercedes 1m28.000s + 0.729s 15. Edoardo Mortara Rosberg Audi 1m28.022s + 0.751s 16. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m28.080s + 0.809s 17. Miguel Molina Phoenix Audi 1m28.191s + 0.920s 18. Bruno Spengler Schnitzer BMW 1m28.221s + 0.950s 19. Ralf Schumacher HWA Mercedes 1m28.274s + 1.003s 20. Rahel Frey Abt Audi 1m28.329s + 1.058s 21. Joey Hand RMG BMW 1m28.612s + 1.341s 22. Robert Wickens Mucke Mercedes 1m28.689s + 1.418s 
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