Zandvoort DTM: Wittmann beats title contenders to pole position
|By Jamie O'Leary||Saturday, September 28th 2013, 14:00 GMT|
BMW driver Marco Wittmann took his maiden DTM pole position with a stunning effort that put him ahead of title contenders Augusto Farfus and Mike Rockenfeller.
The 23-year-old German was the third-fastest driver in Q3 and went to the top of the timesheets in the one-lap shootout in 1m30.894s.
He then watched as first Timo Scheider and then Farfus failed to beat his time, ensuring the first pole for both himself and the rookie MTEK team.
Farfus, who needs to take eight points out of Rockenfeller on Sunday to keep the title fight alive to the Hockenheim finale, will start second with the Phoenix Audi driver third and Scheider's Abt RS5 fourth.
Farfus's RBM team-mate Joey Hand was an excellent fifth with Filipe Albuquerque a spot further back in his Rosberg Audi.
Both Albuquerque's team-mate Edoardo Mortara, and Abt driver Adrien Tambay, were on course to make Q4 after two sectors of their final Q3 efforts.
But both strangely lost time during the final part of the lap, ensuring that Audi stablemate Rockenfeller remained in the Q4 spots.
Qualifying a career-best eighth - in between the two Audis - was Timo Glock, who ensured that the rookie MTEK team got both its BMWs into Q3 for the first time.
Miguel Molina qualified 10th; the Phoenix Audi driver having pulled himself out of the drop zone after the chequered flag went out in both Q1 and Q2 to continue his good recent run of qualifying performances.
Mattias Ekstrom and Gary Paffett were victims of Molina's late charge in Q2 and will start 11th and 12; Paffett in the best of the Mercedes.
Next up will be Dirk Werner, who ran wide on his final lap of Q2 and damaged the left-rear corner of his BMW.
Werner's team-mate Bruno Spengler fared even worse and qualified 16th, which will become 18th once the grid penalty and benefit Christian Vietoris and Jamie Green a spot each.
Nurburgring race winner Robert Wickens will start last after putting two wheels on the grass at the Arie Luyendykbocht on his final effort in Q1.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap 1. Marco Wittmann MTEK BMW 1m30.894s
2. Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m30.979s +0.085s
3. Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m31.325s +0.431s
4. Timo Scheider Abt Audi 1m32.524s +1.630s
5. Joey Hand RBM BMW 1m31.439s Q3
6. Filipe Albuquerque Rosberg Audi 1m31.443s Q3
7. Edoardo Mortara Rosberg Audi 1m31.460s Q3
8. Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m31.614s Q3
9. Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m31.621s Q2
10. Miguel Molina Phoenix Audi 1m32.106s Q2
11. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m31.382s Q2
12. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m31.414s Q2
13. Dirk Werner Schnitzer BMW 1m31.442s Q2
14. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Mercedes 1m31.445s Q2
15. Andy Priaulx RMG BMW 1m31.539s Q2
16. Bruno Spengler Schnitzer BMW 1m31.546s Q2 *
17. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m32.055s Q1
18. Jamie Green Abt Audi 1m32.067s Q1
19. Martin Tomczyk RMG BMW 1m32.088s Q1
20. Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m32.145s Q1
21. Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m32.241s Q1
22. Roberto Merhi HWA Mercedes 1m32.357s Q1
* Will drop two places after penalty.