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Hockenheim DTM: Wittmann sets Friday practice pace

Hockenheim DTM: Wittmann sets Friday practice pace

BMW's Marco Wittmann set the fastest time in practice at Hockenheim as the DTM and SUPER GT cars hit the track together for the first time this weekend.

Wittmann's 1m29.881 lap came after R-Motorsport Aston Martin's Paul di Resta suffered a crash at the final corner, skating across the gravel and hitting the outside wall.

On-board footage showed his steering column dislodging slightly as Di Resta turned in.

When the track returned to green flag conditions, two-time DTM champion Wittmann improved on his best time twice to set a lap that was just over 0.6s clear of the Audi of 2019 champion Rene Rast.

Timo Glock, who topped the morning's wet running in first practice, finished third for BMW.

The first practice session proved dramatic for the SUPER GT field as TOM'S Lexus driver Nick Cassidy crashed at the Sachskurve, before the NISMO-run Nissan of Tsugio Matsuda suffered a similar incident.

That left 2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button to rack up the laps for the SUPER GT field as it comes to grips with the DTM's Hankook control tyre and helps inform the Balance of Performance that could be used this weekend and at the Fuji joint-races.

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Button progressively moved up the leaderboard before slipping to 16th overall and 2.6s off Glock's FP1 benchmark time of 1m47.841s.

The Kunimitsu Honda driver improved right at the end of the second session to again place as the lead SUPER GT driver in 15th, 2.1s off Wittmann's top time.

Ryo Hirakawa took over Cassidy's Lexus in the second session - which ran with an unpainted bonnet after Cassidy's morning crash showed spare parts are at a premium - and was 17th.

Multiple SUPER GT champion Ronnie Quintarelli placed his Nissan 21st and last.

Jamie Green placed fourth ahead of Audi stablemates Nico Muller and Mike Rockenfeller.

The top 10 in the second session was rounded out by Philipp Eng (BMW), WRT Audi's Pietro Fittipaldi, Bruno Spengler (BMW) and Loic Duval (Audi).

R-Motorsport, which will not take part in the Fuji joint-races, had Daniel Juncadella place as its highest driver in 12th.

The session finished with a practice safety car and a DTM-style restart to help the SUPER GT adaptation period.

FP2 results:

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 11 Germany Marco Wittmann
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'29.881
2 33 Germany René Rast
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'30.489 0.608
3 16 Germany Timo Glock
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'30.583 0.702
4 53 United Kingdom Jamie Green
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'30.656 0.775
5 51 Switzerland Nico Müller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'30.916 1.035
6 99 Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'30.962 1.081
7 25 Austria Philipp Eng
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'31.026 1.145
8 21 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'31.113 1.232
9 7 Canada Bruno Spengler
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'31.151 1.270
10 28 France Loic Duval
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'31.253 1.372
11 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'31.689 1.808
12 23 Spain Daniel Juncadella
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'31.855 1.974
13 62 Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'31.950 2.069
14 47 Sweden Joel Eriksson
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'31.960 2.079
15 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button
Honda NSX-GT 1'31.986 2.105
16 27 South Africa Jonathan Aberdein
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'32.291 2.410
17 37 New Zealand Nick Cassidy
Lexus LC500 1'32.339 2.458
18 31 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'32.531 2.650
19 3 United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'32.541 2.660
20 76 United Kingdom Jake Dennis
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'33.301 3.420
21 35 Japan Tsugio Matsuda
Nissan/ R35 1'33.527 3.646
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Series DTM
Event Hockenheim
Drivers Marco Wittmann
Author Tom Errington