Practice 1: Schneider on the pace

Bernd Schneider has set the pace in the opening practice session for this weekend's DTM race at the Adria circuit in Italy, the first time the series has raced at the circuit

Practice 1: Schneider on the pace

The German, who took victory in the opening race of the season at Hockenheim, lapped the twisty 1.68-mile circuit in 1m12.420s, to out-pace Mercedes team-mate Jean Alesi by 0.102s.

The session marked a show of force by the German manufacturer, which placed six cars in the top ten. Alain Menu was the fastest non-Mercedes car, setting the fourth fastest time in his Opel.

Briton Peter Dumbrack was seventh for Opel, ahead of the fastest Abt Audi driven by Mattias Ekstrom. Reigning champion Laurent Aiello was 12th in his Audi TT.

Bernd Schneider AMG Mercedes 1m12.420s 25
Jean Alesi AMG Mercedes 1m12.522s 22
Marcel Fassler AMG Mercedes 1m12.779s 28
Alain Menu Team Holzer Opel 1m13.003s 19
Bernd Maylander AMG Mercedes 1m13.056s 29
Christijan Albers AMG Mercedes 1m13.139s 24
Peter Dumbreck Team Phoenix Opel 1m13.229s 25
Mattias Ekstrom Abt Sportsline Audi 1m13.261s 36
Joachim Winkelhock Euroteam Opel 1m13.264s 27
Thomas Jager AMG Mercedes 1m13.290s 27

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