Saturday, May 4, 2013

DTM: 1-2 Audi in the free practice session at Hockenheim

By Tarek Ramchani

The 2013 DTM season has started at Hockenheim with a single and very wet 90-minute free practice session. Audi is already on top with their Audi RS 5 DTM cars, a perfect 1-2.

Mike Rockenfeller with his #19 RS 5 DTM from Audi Sport Team Phoenix was the fastest, with a time of 1:50.334. In second was Mattias Ekström from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, 0.153s behind Rocky. Third was BMW's Augusto Farfus, and then another Audi, that of Timo Scheider in fourth. The new comer at Audi, Jamie Green, was sixth fastest. All the other Audi drivers were outside of the top 10.

There are many new rules in the German Touring Car Masters this year, including only one free practice session. The qualifying session will be the next session on track, scheduled for 14:40 local time.

Free practice session top 10:
1- Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) 1:50.334
2- Mattias Ekström (Audi) 1:50.487
3- Augusto Farfus (BMW) 1:50.542
4- Timo Scheider (Audi) 1:50.887
5- Martin Tomczyk (BMW) 1:51.018
6- Jamie Green (Audi) 1:51.055
7- Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz) 1:51.157
8- Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) 1:51.281
9- Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz) 1:51.293
10- Roberto Merhi (Mercedes-Benz) 1:51.446

Photo credit: DTM