Red Bull Ring DTM: Edoardo Mortara leads Gary Paffett in practice

Edoardo Mortara led the way for Audi in Friday practice for this weekend's DTM round at the Red Bull Ring, despite a late flurry from Gary Paffett

Red Bull Ring DTM: Edoardo Mortara leads Gary Paffett in practice

Mortara, who won at the Austrian Formula 1 circuit from pole in 2012, set his time of 1m25.585s in the first third of the session and it was never bettered.

As the end of the 45 minutes of running loomed, the Italian's time was still 0.445 seconds clear, with less than one second covering the other 23 drivers.

Mercedes' Paffett then got close with his final two laps.

With two minutes remaining, he moved to within two tenths of Mortara, and found more the next time around, finishing the session just 0.073s shy.

Timo Scheider was third in an otherwise quiet session for Audi, with championship leader Jamie Green 17th.

Scheider was followed by a fleet of Mercedes, with Daniel Juncadella, Paul di Resta, Christian Vietoris and Lucas Auer occupying fourth through to seventh, and 10th-placed Maximillian Gotz giving the brand six cars inside the top 10.

The defending Red Bull Ring winner, Marco Wittmann was the best BMW driver in eighth, with the DTM's newest victor Antonio Felix da Costa 11th ahead of Tom Blomqvist.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m25.585s - 25
2 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m25.658s 0.073s 20
3 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m25.837s 0.252s 24
4 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m26.030s 0.445s 26
5 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m26.081s 0.496s 22
6 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m26.106s 0.521s 17
7 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 1m26.113s 0.528s 24
8 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m26.119s 0.534s 19
9 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m26.122s 0.537s 22
10 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 1m26.188s 0.603s 23
11 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m26.202s 0.617s 21
12 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m26.293s 0.708s 21
13 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m26.298s 0.713s 27
14 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m26.302s 0.717s 24
15 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m26.334s 0.749s 20
16 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m26.341s 0.756s 26
17 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m26.405s 0.820s 28
18 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m26.470s 0.885s 20
19 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m26.508s 0.923s 25
20 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m26.559s 0.974s 22
21 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m26.584s 0.999s 11
22 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m26.593s 1.008s 21
23 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m26.825s 1.240s 25
24 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m26.978s 1.393s 19


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