Tresor Orange1 Audi on top in opening practice at Hockenheim

Tresor Orange1 Audi on top in opening practice at Hockenheim

Tresor Orange1 led the way in this morning's Free Practice at Hockenheim with Ricardo Feller at the wheel of its #40 Audi. 

The 80-minute session was staged on a drying track, which ensured plenty of changes to the classification as cars found more grip with each lap. Among those to spend time at the top were Alex Aka (#99 Audi), Raffaele Marciello (#88 Mercedes-AMG), Valentino Rossi (#46 BMW) and Albert Costa (#69 Ferrari). 

Ultimately though it was Feller who ended the session in P1 with a 1m38.433s. The #40 Tresor Orange1 Audi was a regular challenger at the head of the order and survived a late flurry of flying laps to maintain its position. 

Marciello went second fastest with a 1m39.368s during the final moments of Free Practice. He was followed by Costa in the #69 Emil Frey Racing Ferrari, while Christian Engelhart made it four different brands in the top four at the wheel of the #54 Dinamic GT Porsche. 

Patric Niederhauser was fifth in the #25 Saintéloc Junior Team Audi, followed by Rossi who produced a strong showing in his Team WRT entry. Seventh overall went to Aka in the #99 Tresor Attempto Audi, which also put the German squad on top in the Silver Cup.

Alberto di Folco paced the Gold Cup in the #9 Boutsen VDS Audi, edging class rival Niklas Krütten (#30 Team WRT BMW) by just 0.017s. Hubert Haupt was the best of the Bronze Cup runners, placing 15th overall in the #79 HRT Mercedes-AMG. 
Given the treacherous conditions, Free Practice was relatively trouble-free. However, with the session just a few minutes old, the #87 Akkodis ASP Mercedes-AMG spun into the barriers at Turn 16 and brought out a very early red flag. 

There was a second stoppage around half distance following contact between the #27 Saintéloc Junior Team Audi and the #71 AF Corse Ferrari at Turn 6. Nevertheless, the majority of the session was run under green flag conditions. 

The next track action follows at 14:20, when the 41-car field will tackle a further 80 minutes of running in Pre-Qualifying. 

> Result: Free Practice