Edoardo Mortara narrowly beats Audi team mate Mattias Ekstrom as the RS5's lead the opening wet DTM running of the year at Hockenheim.

The Italian had led the business end of the session but Ekstrom - after the chequered flag fell - seemingly disposed Mortara's time at the top of the table.

However, Mortara - on a personal best lap of his own - was able to produce a 1 minute 50.182 second effort, which was enough to re-snatch the ascendency back from his Abt team mate in second.

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The session under damp conditions did receive one short stoppage as Mercedes' Dani Juncadella ran out of grip at the Sachs Kurve. His team mate Robert Wickens, though, set the third quickest time aboard the HWA C63 machine.

Defending DTM champion Marco Wittmann improved late on in the session with a time good enough for fourth while Audi's Miguel Molina completed the top-five runners in fifth.

MTEK's Timo Glock did lead the early running of the opening free-practice but the German's time later fell to sixth position ahead of Christian Vietoris in seventh.

Behind Vietoris' Mercedes, only one tenth-of-a-second could separate the two Phoenix Audi's of Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider in eighth and ninth as ART's Gary Paffett rounded out the top-ten runners in tenth.