Hockenheim DTM: Wittmann and Glock set pace, Button is top SUPER GT

BMW's Marco Wittmann set the fastest time in practice at Hockenheim as the DTM and SUPER GT cars hit the track together for the first time this weekend

Hockenheim DTM: Wittmann and Glock set pace, Button is top SUPER GT

Wittmann's 1m29.881s lap came after R-Motorsport Aston Martin's Paul di Resta suffered a crash at the final corner, skating across the gravel and hitting the outside wall.

Onboard footage showed his steering column dislodging slightly as di Resta turned in, and the team are investigating the incident.

When the track returned to green flag conditions, two-time DTM champion Wittmann improved on his best time twice to set a lap that was just over 0.6s clear of 2019 champion Rene Rast.

Timo Glock, who topped the morning's wet running in first practice, finished third.

The first practice session proved dramatic for the SUPER GT field as TOM'S Lexus driver Nick Cassidy crashed at the Sachskurve, before the NISMO-run Nissan of Tsugio Matsuda suffered a similar incident.

That left 2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button to rack up the laps for the SUPER GT field as it comes to grips with the DTM's Hankook control tyre and helps inform the Balance of Performance that could be used this weekend and at the Fuji joint-races.

Button progressively moved up the leaderboard before slipping to 16th overall and 2.6s off Glock's morning benchmark time of 1m47.841s.

The Kunimitsu Honda driver improved right at the end of the second session to again place as the lead SUPER GT driver by taking 15th, which was 2.1s off Wittmann's top time.

Ryo Hirakawa took over Cassidy's Lexus in the second session - with the car running with an unpainted bonnet after Cassidy's morning crash showed spare parts are at a premium - and was 17th.

Multiple SUPER GT champion Ronnie Quintarelli placed his Nissan 21st and last.

Audi's Jamie Green was fourth ahead of Audi stablemates Nico Muller and Mike Rockenfeller.

The top 10 in the second session was rounded out by Philipp Eng, WRT Audi's Pietro Fittipaldi, Bruno Spengler and Audi's Loic Duval.

R-Motorsport, which will not take part in the Fuji joint-races, had Daniel Juncadella place as its leading driver in 12th.

The session finished with a practice safety car and a DTM-style restart to help the SUPER GT adaptation period.

Practice one times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m47.841s - 21
2 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m48.010s 0.169s 21
3 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m48.258s 0.417s 24
4 Sheldon van der Linde RBM BMW 1m48.347s 0.506s 19
5 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m48.399s 0.558s 22
6 Jake Dennis R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m48.681s 0.840s 22
7 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 1m48.691s 0.850s 25
8 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 1m48.710s 0.869s 25
9 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m48.728s 0.887s 24
10 Paul Di Resta R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m48.995s 1.154s 22
11 Daniel Juncadella R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m49.115s 1.274s 24
12 Ferdinand Habsburg R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m49.403s 1.562s 21
13 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m49.684s 1.843s 23
14 Jonathan Aberdein WRT Audi 1m50.137s 2.296s 22
15 Bruno Spengler RMG BMW 1m50.150s 2.309s 23
16 Jenson Button Team Kunimitsu Honda 1m50.489s 2.648s 18
17 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 1m50.632s 2.791s 21
18 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m50.741s 2.900s 20
19 Tsugio Matsuda Nismo Nissan 1m53.871s 6.030s 17
20 Nick Cassidy TOM'S Lexus 2m14.501s 26.660s 3

Practice two times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m29.881s - 16
2 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m30.489s 0.608s 18
3 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m30.583s 0.702s 16
4 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m30.656s 0.775s 17
5 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m30.916s 1.035s 16
6 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m30.962s 1.081s 18
7 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 1m31.026s 1.145s 16
8 Pietro Fittipaldi WRT Audi 1m31.113s 1.232s 16
9 Bruno Spengler RMG BMW 1m31.151s 1.270s 16
10 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m31.253s 1.372s 18
11 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 1m31.689s 1.808s 15
12 Daniel Juncadella R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m31.855s 1.974s 13
13 Ferdinand Habsburg R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m31.950s 2.069s 15
14 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 1m31.960s 2.079s 15
15 Jenson Button Team Kunimitsu Honda 1m31.986s 2.105s 16
16 Jonathan Aberdein WRT Audi 1m32.291s 2.410s 16
17 Ryo Hirakawa Lexus Gazoo Racing Team KeePer TOM'S Lexus 1m32.339s 2.458s 15
18 Sheldon van der Linde RBM BMW 1m32.531s 2.650s 16
19 Paul Di Resta R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m32.541s 2.660s 6
20 Jake Dennis R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m33.301s 3.420s 15
21 Ronnie Quintarelli Nismo Team Motul Autech GT Sport Nissan 1m33.527s 3.646s 16


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