Mattias Ekstrom was the quickest man in first free practice for the DTM at the Norising. The Swede beat Abt Audi teammate Oliver Jarvis to the fastest time by just 0.015 seconds.

The 90 minute session began with a very wet track after heavy rain in the morning, but the Nuremburg circuit dried out over the course of the session.

Maro Engel was the best of the Mercedes runners in third place, just ahead of four other Mercedes drivers – Christian Vietoris, Bruno Spengler, Susie Stoddart and Gary Paffett.

Championship leader and winner of the previous two rounds Martin Tomczyk was eighth, with Renger van der Zande and Timo Scheider rounding out the top ten.

Mike Rockenfeller, making his return after missing the Lausitz race following his Le Mans shunt, was 11th fastest. He was just ahead of Jamie Green, winner of the last three races at the Norisring.

Pos. Driver Team/Car Laps Time Gap
1. Mattias Ekström Abt Audi 41 48.867  
2. Oliver Jarvis Abt Audi 43 48.882 00.015
3. Maro Engel Mucke Mercedes 44 48.974 00.107
4. Christian Vietoris Persson Mercedes 44 49.001 00.134
5. Bruno Spengler HWA Mercedes 47 49.019 00.152
6. Susie Stoddart Persson Mercedes 47 49.067 00.200
7. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 42 49.131 00.264
8. Martin Tomczyk Phoenix Audi 50 49.162 00.295
9. Renger van der Zande Persson Mercedes 55 49.174 00.307
10. Timo Scheider Abt Audi 39 49.189 00.322
11. Mike Rockenfeller Abt Audi 45 49.201 00.334
12. Jamie Green HWA Mercedes 44 49.295 00.428
13. Miguel Molina Abt Audi 54 49.389 00.522
14. David Coulthard Mucke Mercedes 43 49.397 00.530
15. Edoardo Mortara Rosberg Audi 33 49.408 00.541
16. Filipe Albuquerque Rosberg Audi 41 49.466 00.599
17. Rahel Frey Phoenix Audi 43 50.428 01.561
18. Ralf Schumacher HWA Mercedes 30 50.872 02.005