Filipe Albuquerque topped the opening DTM practice session of the year at Hockenheim on Friday afternoon as the championship's new era got underway.
The Portuguese driver took his brand-new Team Rosberg Audi A5 to the top of the timesheets in 1m34.508s. While this was 0.5 seconds faster than the best time set in the same session 12 months ago in the old-style A4, it was slower than Bruno Spengler's pole time for the corresponding race.
Audis claimed the top five positions in the order with new Phoenix recruit Mike Rockenfeller just 0.025s off the pace. Albuquerque's team-mate Edoardo Mortara was third with Timo Scheider's Abt car and the Phoenix machine of Miguel Molina next up.
Gary Paffett was the best of the Mercedes drivers in sixth for HWA, one spot ahead of Robert Wickens, who headed the rookie drivers in his Mucke Motorsport C-coupe.
BMW's fastest driver was Briton Andy Priaulx; 10th in his RBM M3, while 2011 champion Martin Tomczyk was two places further back in his RMG-run car. BMWs also occupied the final three places, with RBM's Augusto Farfus ahead of Schnitzer pair Bruno Spengler and Dirk Werner.