DTM Hockenheim: Audi tops first practice with Mortara and Green

Edoardo Mortara led Jamie Green in an Audi one-two as the 2016 DTM season commenced with opening practice at Hockenheim on Friday afternoon

DTM Hockenheim: Audi tops first practice with Mortara and Green

Mortara had a half-second margin over the field with his 1m34.217s lap, usurping Green early on and staying unopposed for the rest of the half-hour session.

Bruno Spengler's BMW interrupted what would have been an all-Audi top five with third ahead of Mattias Ekstrom and Nico Muller.

The Mercedes were down the order - Daniel Juncadella the best of its contenders in seventh.

While Mortara had a comfortable cushion up front, less than one second covered Green in second to Adrien Tambay in 20th.

Maxi Gotz caused the only incident of the afternoon when he spun his Mercedes into the gravel, ending his session after just three laps.

Teams have a further practice session on Saturday morning ahead of the season's first qualifying session and race.

EKSTROM LEADS THE WAY IN WORLD RX

The DTM is again sharing the Hockenheim bill with the World Rallycross Championship at its opener.

Ekstrom is switching between the two disciplines through the weekend.

Prior to jumping in his DTM car, he had been quickest in practice and the first qualifying heats of the RX event for his own EKS team.

Coupled with third in the second qualifying heats, that puts him at the head of the intermediate classification going into Saturday.

World RX's remaining qualifying heats take place after DTM race one on Saturday, with the semis and final on Sunday morning between the DTM warm-up and its race two qualifying session.

DTM PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m34.217s 20
2 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 0.490s 16
3 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 0.565s 17
4 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 0.631s 14
5 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.633s 14
6 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 0.666s 15
7 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 0.733s 19
8 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 0.790s 13
9 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 0.804s 14
10 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 0.903s 16
11 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 1.013s 19
12 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1.018s 14
13 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1.036s 16
14 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1.059s 16
15 Timo Glock RMG BMW 1.061s 15
16 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 1.088s 16
17 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1.246s 15
18 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1.251s 17
19 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1.311s 13
20 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 1.404s 17
21 Esteban Ocon ART Mercedes 1.516s 15
22 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1.519s 17
23 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 1.699s 3
24 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 1.790s 12


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