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Nico Muller emerged from DTM free practice at Moscow Raceway as the pacesetter, finishing on top of an Audi 1-2-3 in the second session.

The rookie was third fastest in the first hour long session, before improving on his morning time by more than half a second in the afternoon to set a best of 1m28.993s – the only time below 1m29s.

Reigning champion and winner of last year’s race Mike Rockenfeller ended the day second fastest.

The Phoenix driver jumped to the top of the second session with a 1m29.080s best 26 minutes in, before improving to a 1m29.007s five minutes from the end, having just been displaced from P1 by Muller.

Mattias Ekstrom was in the top three in both sessions Geelong, going second fastest in FP1, before a late 1m29.11s lap put him third in FP2.

BMW’s Maxime Martin was another late improver in FP2, going fourth fastest on his final flying lap, making him the best non-Audi in the second session.

However, the best overall BMW performance of the day was points leader Marco Wittmann. The young German was fastest in the morning session with a 1m29.101s, the third fastest time of the entire day.

He couldn’t quite replicate the same pace in the second session, finishing seventh, behind Timo Glock and Miguel Molina.

After success on the streets of Nuremberg last time out, Mercedes had a tough day in Moscow.

Gary Paffett set the best time for a Mercedes driver across the two sessions with a 1m29.420s in the second session, which left him ninth fastest.

In the first session, Pascal Wehrlein was the best-placed Mercedes also in ninth, while Norisring winner Robert Wickens could manage just 18th and 19th across the two sessions.

Practice 1                                                               
                                                                         
Pos Driver                  Team/Car           Time       Gap     Laps   
 1. Marco Wittmann          RMG BMW            1m29.101s           22    
 2. Mattias Ekstrom         Abt Audi           1m29.555s  +0.454s  27    
 3. Nico Muller             Rosberg Audi       1m29.559s  +0.458s  25    
 4. Miguel Molina           Abt Audi           1m29.613s  +0.512s  27    
 5. Maxime Martin           RMG BMW            1m29.616s  +0.515s  24    
 6. Augusto Farfus          RBM BMW            1m29.710s  +0.609s  27    
 7. Mike Rockenfeller       Phoenix Audi       1m29.735s  +0.634s  27    
 8. Joey Hand               RBM BMW            1m29.780s  +0.679s  28    
 9. Pascal Wehrlein         HWA Mercedes       1m29.821s  +0.720s  25    
10. Adrien Tambay           Abt Audi           1m29.875s  +0.774s  25    
11. Martin Tomczyk          Schnitzer BMW      1m30.059s  +0.958s  25    
12. Timo Scheider           Phoenix Audi       1m30.089s  +0.988s  27    
13. Edoardo Mortara         Abt Audi           1m30.129s  +1.028s  16    
14. Bruno Spengler          Schnitzer BMW      1m30.155s  +1.054s  22    
15. Vitaly Petrov           Mucke Mercedes     1m30.328s  +1.227s  31    
16. Jamie Green             Rosberg Audi       1m30.388s  +1.287s  30    
17. Antonio Felix da Costa  MTEK BMW           1m30.476s  +1.375s  21    
18. Robert Wickens          HWA Mercedes       1m30.507s  +1.406s  21    
19. Timo Glock              MTEK BMW           1m30.557s  +1.456s  24    
20. Daniel Juncadella       Mucke Mercedes     1m30.699s  +1.598s  23    
21. Christian Vietoris      HWA Mercedes       1m30.718s  +1.617s  19    
22. Gary Paffett            HWA Mercedes       1m30.767s  +1.666s  24    
23. Paul di Resta           HWA Mercedes       1m30.829s  +1.728s  22    
                                                                         
Practice 2                                                               
                                                                         
Pos Driver                  Team/Car           Time       Gap     Laps   
 1. Nico Muller             Rosberg Audi       1m28.993s           23    
 2. Mike Rockenfeller       Phoenix Audi       1m29.077s  +0.084s  25    
 3. Mattias Ekstrom         Abt Audi           1m29.112s  +0.119s  26    
 4. Maxime Martin           RMG BMW            1m29.121s  +0.128s  23    
 5. Timo Glock              MTEK BMW           1m29.125s  +0.132s  26    
 6. Miguel Molina           Abt Audi           1m29.203s  +0.210s  23    
 7. Marco Wittmann          RMG BMW            1m29.332s  +0.339s  23    
 8. Bruno Spengler          Schnitzer BMW      1m29.345s  +0.352s  23    
 9. Gary Paffett            HWA Mercedes       1m29.420s  +0.427s  18    
10. Daniel Juncadella       Mucke Mercedes     1m29.467s  +0.474s  22    
11. Edoardo Mortara         Abt Audi           1m29.499s  +0.506s  23    
12. Jamie Green             Rosberg Audi       1m29.634s  +0.641s  27    
13. Joey Hand               RBM BMW            1m29.682s  +0.689s  23    
14. Augusto Farfus          RBM BMW            1m29.696s  +0.703s  23    
15. Adrien Tambay           Abt Audi           1m29.733s  +0.740s  23    
16. Timo Scheider           Phoenix Audi       1m29.804s  +0.811s  25    
17. Paul di Resta           HWA Mercedes       1m30.011s  +1.018s  23    
18. Christian Vietoris      HWA Mercedes       1m30.044s  +1.051s  26    
19. Robert Wickens          HWA Mercedes       1m30.076s  +1.083s  19    
20. Martin Tomczyk          Schnitzer BMW      1m30.208s  +1.215s  24    
21. Pascal Wehrlein         HWA Mercedes       1m30.230s  +1.237s  22    
22. Vitaly Petrov           Mucke Mercedes     1m30.529s  +1.536s  19    
23. Antonio Felix da Costa  MTEK BMW           No time set               
                                                                         
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