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Hungaroring DTM: BMW's Marco Wittmann on pole again

Marco Wittmann, RMG BMW, Hungaroring DTM 2014

Marco Wittmann will start from pole position for the second DTM race in a row after dominating qualifying at the Hungaroring.

The BMW driver was untouchable throughout the three-part session, the Hockenheim winner topping Q1, Q2, and Q3 on his way to a second pole position and third front row start of the season.

"Of course, it's great," said Wittmann. "Qualifying went pretty well through all the sessions. The car was pretty good, and I felt comfortable. To be on pole is a great effort for the team."

Timo Glock made it a BMW 1-2 with second place, the ex-Formula 1 driver falling just over two tenths short of pole position in Q3, while Miguel Molina was the best of the Audis - and the only non-BMW in the top six - with third.

Series rookie Maxime Martin made his first appearance in Q3, and wound up an impressive fourth fastest, finishing just two hundredths behind Molina.

"It's great. It's my first Q3, so P4 is quite good," he said. "The team did a good job, BMW is strong, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

On what was a good day for the rookies, Antonio Felix da Costa kept his 100 per cent Q3 record alive, qualifying fifth fastest ahead of Augusto Farfus and Adrien Tambay.

Nico Muller, who like Martin was making his first appearance in Q3, qualified eighth.

At the other end of the grid, it was another disappointing day for Mercedes.

All five drivers eliminated from Q1 were from Mercedes, with Pascal Wehrlein and Robert Wickens the only two making it into the second session.

By the end of Q2, all seven Mercedes were inside the last eight, Martin Tomczyk's 18th place in the Schnitzer BMW the only thing saving the Three-Pointed Star from completely anchoring the grid.

"In normal conditions, points are not possible [tomorrow]," said Wehrlein, who was best of the Mercedes down in 16th.

Follow the Hungaroring DTM race as it happens with AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live on Sunday, starting from approximately 12.30pm UK time

Pos  Driver                  Team/Car        Time       Gap
 1.  Marco Wittmann          RMG BMW         1m36.518s
 2.  Timo Glock              MTEK BMW        1m36.731s  +0.213s
 3.  Miguel Molina           Abt Audi        1m36.757s  +0.239s
 4.  Maxime Martin           RMG BMW         1m36.777s  +0.259s
 5.  Antonio Felix da Costa  MTEK BMW        1m36.896s  +0.378s
 6.  Augusto Farfus          RBM BMW         1m37.061s  +0.543s
 7.  Adrien Tambay           Abt Audi        1m37.134s  +0.616s
 8.  Nico Muller             Rosberg Audi    1m37.174s  +0.656s
 9.  Bruno Spengler          Schnitzer BMW   1m37.257s  Q2
10.  Jamie Green             Rosberg Audi    1m37.259s  Q2
11.  Mattias Ekstrom         Abt Audi        1m37.301s  Q2
12.  Edoardo Mortara         Abt Audi        1m37.352s  Q2
13.  Mike Rockenfeller       Phoenix Audi    1m37.611s  Q2
14.  Joey Hand               RBM BMW         1m37.644s  Q2
15.  Timo Scheider           Phoenix Audi    1m37.766s  Q2
16.  Pascal Wehrlein         HWA Mercedes    1m37.846s  Q2
17.  Robert Wickens          HWA Mercedes    1m37.857s  Q2
18.  Martin Tomczyk          Schnitzer BMW   1m37.945s  Q2
19.  Paul di Resta           HWA Mercedes    1m38.133s  Q1
20.  Daniel Juncadella       Mucke Mercedes  1m38.216s  Q1
21.  Gary Paffett            HWA Mercedes    1m38.384s  Q1
22.  Vitaly Petrov           Mucke Mercedes  1m38.960s  Q1
23.  Christian Vietoris      HWA Mercedes    1m39.022s  Q1
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