Gabriele Tarquini and Rob Huff set the pace in Saturday morning's first World Touring Car free practice at Oschersleben
Tarquini's SEAT and Huff's Chevrolet were separated by just 0.040s at the head of the field, and were quarter of a second clear of everyone else.
Jordi Gene's SEAT, Andy Priaulx's BMW and Tiago Monteiro's SEAT were covered by just half a tenth in third to fifth places, though Monteiro ended the session five minutes early when he ploughed straight on into the wall at Turn 3, Hasseroder.
Augusto Farfus and Alain Menu finished up sixth and seventh quickest in the second of the BMWs and Chevrolets.
Michel Nykjaer and Tom Coronel made it five Leons in the top 10, which was completed by championship leader Yvan Muller's Cruze. Franz Engstler was the fastest of the independent runners in 13th.
The session was broken up by an early red flag period, when Stefano D'Aste crashed his BMW into the barriers.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap 1. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1m36.852s 2. Rob Huff Chevrolet 1m36.892s + 0.040s 3. Jordi Gene SEAT 1m37.106s + 0.254s 4. Andy Priaulx BMW 1m37.123s + 0.271s 5. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1m37.158s + 0.306s 6. Augusto Farfus BMW 1m37.243s + 0.391s 7. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1m37.295s + 0.443s 8. Michel Nykjaer SEAT 1m37.339s + 0.487s 9. Tom Coronel SEAT 1m37.354s + 0.502s 10. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 1m37.455s + 0.603s 11. Norbert Michelisz SEAT 1m37.616s + 0.764s 12. Fredy Barth SEAT 1m37.677s + 0.825s 13. Franz Engstler BMW 1m38.082s + 1.230s 14. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1m38.253s + 1.401s 15. Mehdi Bennani BMW 1m38.734s + 1.882s 16. Kristian Poulsen BMW 1m38.790s + 1.938s 17. Andrey Romanov BMW 1m39.261s + 2.409s 18. Darryl O'Young Chevrolet 1m39.269s + 2.417s 19. Yukinori Taniguchi Chevrolet 1m41.523s + 4.671s 20. Fabio Fabiani BMW 1m43.057s + 6.205s 21. Stefano D'Aste BMW
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