Defending DTM champion Marco Wittmann has temporarily but BMW back on top of the pile after setting the opening practice pace ahead of points leader Mattias Ekstrom at the Moscow Raceway.

BMW come off the back of a disastrous previous round at the Red Bull Ring, where the M4 machine picked up just 11-points during the entire weekend.

Though, it may only be the first session of the weekend, BMW have appeared to hit the ground running with six of it's M4 challengers engulfing the top-ten.

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Team RMG's Wittmann was the quickest of the BMW's after a 1 minute 29.076 second lap put the German almost three-tenths clear of Team Abt's Ekstrom in second.

Bruno Spengler was next best placed M4 runner in third position, just a shade over three-tenths shy of Wittmann's blistering time. The Canadian, in turn, was 0.119's faster than Audi's Edoardo Mortara in fourth position.

Behind Mortara, Team Abt's Miguel Molina was the only other Audi to make it into the top-ten at this early stage of the weekend.

Augusto Farfus, Antonio Felix da Costa, Martin Tomczyk and Timo Glock all helped in hammering BMW's dominance home in fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth.

While Audi only saw three of it's RS 5's challenge the top BMW entries, Mercedes also struggled to make an impression with just one C63 making the top-ten.

The driver in question, and setting the tenth quickest time, was Mucke's Dani Juncadella.

Making his debut for the suspended Timo Scheider, Euro F3 leader negotiated his first 'official' DTM running in 23rd for Phoenix Audi.