ART Grand Prix's Gary Paffett has emerged from the second DTM practice session of the weekend fastest of all after helping Mercedes maintain their authority at Zandvoort.

As was the case in yesterday's session, Mercedes look on course to enjoy a more competitive weekend at the Dutch circuit, having previously struggled here in recent years.

Paffett was one of five C63 runners to engulf the top-ten order. The 2005 champion had featured towards the top of the timesheets for most of the session and reclaimed the ascendency away from Daniel Juncadella during the final sequence of runs.

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Championship leader Marco Wittmann also displaced Juncadella a position further down to third in the dying minutes while Audi's Mattias Ekstrom ensured all three manufacturers' were represented within the top-four in fourth.

HWA's Maximilian Gotz was the next best placed Mercedes in fifth ahead of BMW's Tom Blomqvist and Timo Glock in sixth and seventh.

Team Abt Sportsline's Nico Muller was the second of only two Audi RS 5's to make the top-ten after setting the eighth quickest time as Christian Vietoris and Paul di Resta rounded off the Mercedes supremacy in ninth and tenth.

Elsewhere, F1 hopeful Esteban Ocon recovered from an early session off to pick up the 16th quickest time.

Ocon buried his C63 into gravel during the first sector - triggering an early slow zone - but was able to continue the session after being retrieved by the marshals.

Qualifying gets underway in just over an hour [15:45 local time].