Team Abt's Edoardo Mortara has successfully negotiated the first DTM running of the weekend by topping the FP1 timesheets for Audi at Austria's Red Bull Ring.

The Audi driver - carrying one of the highest amounts of performance weight [1125 kg] - set a best time of a 1 minute 25.585 second lap early in the session, which was never to be beaten.

Incidentally, the Red Bull Ring was the scene of Mortara's maiden DTM triumph back in 2012 when driving for Jamie Green's current Team Rosberg squad.

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The closest any driver came to beating Mortara's scintillating effort was ART Grand Prix's Gary Paffett in second position. The Mercedes C63 driver put in a number of handy laps towards the end of the session, putting him within two-tenths of the Italian's best time.

Team Phoenix's Timo Scheider was another to make a late bolt towards the top of the times as former double DTM-champion duly placed his Audi RS 5 into third place.

Daniel Juncadella led a Mercedes 4-5-6-7 for Mucke Motorsport ahead of Paul di Resta, Christian Vietoris and Lucas Auer. The quartet of C63's were separated by just under a tenth.

Surprisingly, after BMW's reign of invincibility at Zandvoort, Team RMG's Marco Wittmann was the only M4 challenger present within the top-ten order.

BMW are still expected to be the package to beat around the Grand Prix circuit thanks to the fleet of M4's all carrying at least 10 kilos less performance ballast than the leading Audi and Mercedes machines.

Team Schnitzer's Antonio Felix da Costa was the next best BMW driver in eleventh as Audi's Adrien Tambay and Mercedes' Maximillian Gotz filled the void to the complete the top ten.

The three main title protagonists, Green, Mattias Ekstrom and Pascal Wehrlein failed to feature highly during the weekend's first point of action.

Ekstrom ended the session 15th while Green and Wehrlein trailed further back in 17th and 21st.