DTM Zandvoort: Mike Rockenfeller tops first practice for Audi

Audi wasted no time bouncing back from a quiet DTM round at the Norisring, topping first practice at Zandvoort with Mike Rockenfeller

DTM Zandvoort: Mike Rockenfeller tops first practice for Audi

With the Dutch circuit the highest degradation venue on the calendar and hosting a 40-minute race without mandatory tyre changes on Saturday, drivers focused on long runs.

As a result, the majority of the times were set early in the 45-minute session, including Rockenfeller's 1m32.009s.

While Audi won the first four races of 2015, Rockenfeller is only 11th in the standings with a best race result of fifth.

The 2013 champion claimed his first DTM race win at the circuit in 2011 and was on pole position last year.

"For Audi it has been a great season so far, but personally I have not had such a good season," he said.

"So I am fighting for myself, obviously to get better, find a rhythm and get a good set-up.

"Zandvoort has been a place where I've always been quite competitive, so I hope we find the route back and I can have a good result."

Behind Rockenfeller, BMW enjoyed its most competitive session of the season, after a troubled start.

Antonio Felix da Costa was second, just 0.008 seconds off top spot, while Augusto Farfus improved to third late.

Marco Wittmann, Tom Blomqvist and Maxime Martin completed the top six in their M4s

Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekstrom were seventh and eighth for Audi, with championship leader Jamie Green 16th having been among those to conduct a full race simulation.

A fortnight after dominating at the Norisring, Mercedes wasn't a factor.

Gary Paffett was its best runner in ninth, while its other seven drivers all finished inside the bottom eight.

Norisring winners Pascal Wehrlein and Robert Wickens were 19th and 23rd respectively.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m32.009s - 28
2 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m32.017s 0.008s 21
3 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m32.112s 0.103s 21
4 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m32.230s 0.221s 18
5 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m32.265s 0.256s 21
6 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m32.347s 0.338s 20
7 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m32.381s 0.372s 21
8 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m32.392s 0.383s 17
9 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m32.408s 0.399s 26
10 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m32.452s 0.443s 25
11 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m32.455s 0.446s 20
12 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m32.468s 0.459s 19
13 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m32.635s 0.626s 23
14 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m32.780s 0.771s 21
15 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m32.828s 0.819s 19
16 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m32.924s 0.915s 28
17 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m32.951s 0.942s 22
18 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 1m32.956s 0.947s 24
19 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m33.187s 1.178s 17
20 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 1m33.264s 1.255s 21
21 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m33.293s 1.284s 18
22 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m33.522s 1.513s 20
23 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m33.977s 1.968s 18
24 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m34.056s 2.047s 16

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