Moscow DTM: Marco Wittmann sets practice pace for BMW

Reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann led the way for BMW in first practice for this weekend's round at Moscow Raceway

Moscow DTM: Marco Wittmann sets practice pace for BMW

As a result of the Munich marque's lean 2015, most of its drivers are running significantly lighter than their Audi and Mercedes rivals in Russia, and BMW ended the session with six drivers inside the top nine.

Wittmann was the man atop the times, thanks to a lap of 1m29.076s set in the first half of the 45 minutes.

He ended the session 0.264 seconds faster than championship leader Mattias Ekstrom, whose Audi is 30kg heavier than Wittmann's BMW through the performance weight system.

Bruno Spengler was third, and joined in the top end by BMW stablemates Augusto Farfus and Antonio Felix da Costa in fifth and sixth, and Martin Tomczyk and Timo Glock in eighth and ninth.

Edoardo Mortara and Miguel Molina were fourth and seventh for Audi, while it was a tough session for Mercedes.

Daniel Juncadella was its best driver in 10th, just ahead of Gary Paffett, while Pascal Wehrlein was 16th, one spot ahead of Paul di Resta, whose run in the initial shakedown session was curtailed by an off at Turn 1.

Confirmed by Audi on Friday morning as the suspended Timo Scheider's replacement, Formula 3 European Championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi was 23rd in his maiden DTM session.

Under series rules, Giovinazzi will adopt the same performance weight as Audi's leading driver, and along with Ekstrom will be the heaviest driver in the field during his DTM debut.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m29.076s - 19
2 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m29.340s 0.264s 24
3 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m29.379s 0.303s 20
4 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m29.498s 0.422s 25
5 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m29.584s 0.508s 21
6 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m29.585s 0.509s 21
7 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m29.610s 0.534s 20
8 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m29.648s 0.572s 20
9 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m29.686s 0.610s 20
10 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m29.696s 0.620s 26
11 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m29.717s 0.641s 20
12 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m29.722s 0.646s 21
13 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m29.767s 0.691s 21
14 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m29.768s 0.692s 23
15 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m29.769s 0.693s 25
16 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m29.851s 0.775s 21
17 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m29.904s 0.828s 17
18 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m29.926s 0.850s 16
19 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m29.958s 0.882s 22
20 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m29.989s 0.913s 18
21 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 1m30.032s 0.956s 24
22 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m30.135s 1.059s 23
23 Antonio Giovinazzi Phoenix Audi 1m30.206s 1.130s 24
24 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 1m30.306s 1.230s 27


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