Robert Wickens has given Mercedes cause for optimism as the Canadian ended the Norisring practice running at the top of the DTM pile ahead of qualifying.

Mercedes won't be getting carried away despite Wickens' 48.210 second lap around the streets of Nurnberg putting 'the three-pointed star' top of any dry running for the first time this season - Christian Vietoris' shock Oschersleben victory occurred under wet conditions.

Audi's Mike Rockenfeller looks to be happy with his RS5's set up early in the weekend as the defending DTM champion ended the final practice running second despite languishing in 16th for FP1.

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Giving Mercedes yet more encouragement was Vietoris in third position while his fellow team mates Pascal Wehrlein and Paul di Resta followed behind in fourth and sixth.

Four times Norisring victor Jamie Green was caught in the Mercedes sandwich in fifth for Audi.

Championship leader Marco Wittmann was the top BMW in seventh ahead of yet another Mercedes to make the top ten, this time in the shape of Gary Paffett in eighth. The Brit in turn led Audi's Mattias Ekstrom and BMW's Bruno Spengler who ended practice ninth and tenth.

Daniel Juncadella had gone quickest for Mercedes during the first practice session of the day and did go a tenth faster in the final running but ultimately the Spaniard couldn't match the majority of the fields progression and finished eleventh ahead of qualifying.