Rockenfeller ends final practice fastest at the Nurburgring


Mike Rockenfeller, Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Nurburgring
Credit: DTM media

Mike Rockenfeller for Audi Sport Team Phoenix topped the time sheets in final practice here at the Nurburgring with a time of of a 1:22.623. But after being fastest throughout yesterday, Rene Rast is hopeful for another strong day and found himself just behind his Audi team-mate Rockenfeller and BMW’s Philipp Eng in final practice; all of whom were separated by three-hundredths of a second.

Behind the top three was the best-placed Mercedes-AMG driver, Daniel Juncadella, behind whom was former series leader Paul Di Resta, who felt aggrieved after the incident yesterday. He was ahead of fellow Brit, Jamie Green in the Audi Sport Team Rosberg entry.

They were followed by the Mercedes pair of Lucas Auer and Edoardo Mortara, with Nico Muller for Audi and Pascal Wehrelin in the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Petronas outfit completing the top ten.

Meanwhile, the current points leader Gary Paffett ended up eleventh, some four-tenths off the pace.

“Yesterday, we had a good day. I was very happy with my podium finish,” said Paffett after the session.  “Today, I want to score as many points as possible again.

“Times in free practice don’t mean too much. The important thing is the handling of the car. That was very good,” the Brit said.

As for race one podium finisher, Bruno Spengler, he ended up down in eighteenth-place, and was the only driver in the field over a second off the pace.

Grid positions for the second race at the Nurburgring will be determined in the second qualifying session of the weekend, beginning at 11:15 local time, with the second race of the weekend beginning at 13:30 local time.