Norisring DTM: Mercedes' Gary Paffett, Paul di Resta top practice

Gary Paffett led Paul di Resta in a Mercedes 1-2 in DTM Friday practice at the Norisring, as less than one tenth of a second covered the top six

Norisring DTM: Mercedes' Gary Paffett, Paul di Resta top practice

Mercedes has won every race at the street circuit since 2003, and the Brits got its weekend off to the best possible start.

As times improved throughout the 45 minute session, di Resta moved to the top of the order with 11 minutes remaining, and his 48.579s lap looked set to remain the best of the afternoon.

Two minutes from the end, though, Paffett went 0.026 seconds faster with a 48.553s effort.

Behind another DTM champion, BMW's Bruno Spengler in third, Daniel Juncadella made it three C-Coupes in the top four.

Championship leader Jamie Green was fifth in his Audi ahead of stablemate Adrien Tambay, just 0.056s behind Paffett's pacesetting lap.

Robert Wickens was seventh, while the BMWs of Maxime Martin, Augusto Farfus and reigning champion Marco Wittmann - 48 hours after making his Formula 1 testing debut with Toro Rosso - completed the top 10.

In a session without incident, just 0.443s covered the field.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 48.553s - 39
2 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 48.579s 0.026s 42
3 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 48.585s 0.032s 29
4 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 48.587s 0.034s 38
5 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 48.598s 0.045s 40
6 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 48.609s 0.056s 33
7 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 48.681s 0.128s 32
8 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 48.692s 0.139s 29
9 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 48.739s 0.186s 30
10 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 48.741s 0.188s 28
11 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 48.766s 0.213s 40
12 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 48.781s 0.228s 25
13 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 48.788s 0.235s 31
14 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 48.791s 0.238s 33
15 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 48.824s 0.271s 38
16 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 48.835s 0.282s 37
17 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 48.881s 0.328s 37
18 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 48.885s 0.332s 38
19 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 48.907s 0.354s 42
20 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 48.927s 0.374s 45
21 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 48.933s 0.380s 40
22 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 48.967s 0.414s 34
23 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 48.971s 0.418s 31
24 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 48.996s 0.443s 32


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