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Red Bull Ring DTM: Robert Wickens beats Timo Glock to pole position

Robert Wickens took a last-gasp pole position in an exciting DTM qualifying showdown at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

The Mercedes driver could not have waited any longer, storming to pole with a 1m25.175s flyer that came well after the chequered flag had started to fly.

It was a recovery of sorts, the Canadian spinning on his first flying effort in Q3, before putting everything together to take his second pole of the season on his last flying lap.

Wickens' late effort spoilt BMW's party, with Timo Glock seemingly on for pole, ahead of Marco Wittmann and Augusto Farfus. In the end, the trio were forced to settle for second, third and fourth respectively.

Pascal Wehrlein was fifth for Mercedes, ahead of Brit Jamie Green, who was Audi's sole representative in Q3.

Christian Vietoris made it three Mercedes in the top 10 with seventh, while Moscow winner Maxime Martin was eighth.

Joey Hand was ninth, having missed out on a Q1 spot by just 0.017 seconds. Bruno Spengler rounded out the top 10.

Nico Muller, meanwhile, lost any chance of going for pole thanks to an electrical problem that cut out his power steering at the start of Q2. He was unable to set a time, leaving him stranded in 18th.

Gary Paffett was another one of the hard luck stories of the session. The Mercedes driver almost did enough to get through Q1, matching 18th placed Timo Scheider to the thousandth of a second.

But Scheider set his time first, meaning Paffett was left in 19th and out of Q1. Scheider went on to finish 14th.

Joining Paffett on the sidelines after Q1 were Audi pair Adrien Tambay and Edoardo Mortara, with Vitaly Petrov 22nd, and Paul di Resta, who missed the majority of free practice two thanks to a crash, in last.

Pos  Driver                  Team/Car        Time       Gap   
 1.  Robert Wickens          HWA Mercedes   1m25.175s         
 2.  Timo Glock              MTEK BMW       1m25.181s  +0.006s
 3.  Marco Wittmann          RMG BMW        1m25.228s  +0.053s
 4.  Augusto Farfus          RBM BMW        1m25.237s  +0.062s
 5.  Pascal Wehrlein         HWA Mercedes   1m25.246s  +0.071s
 6.  Jamie Green             Rosberg Audi   1m25.266s  +0.091s
 7.  Christian Vietoris      HWA Mercedes   1m25.362s  +0.187s
 8.  Maxime Martin           RMG BMW        1m25.424s  +0.249s
 9.  Joey Hand               RBM BMW        1m25.259s  Q2     
10.  Bruno Spengler          Schnitzer BMW  1m25.309s  Q2     
11.  Martin Tomczyk          Schnitzer BMW  1m25.335s  Q2     
12.  Daniel Juncadella       Mucke Mercedes 1m25.335s  Q2     
13.  Antonio Felix da Costa  MTEK BMW       1m25.343s  Q2     
14.  Mike Rockenfeller       Phoenix Audi   1m25.385s  Q2     
15.  Timo Scheider           Phoenix Audi   1m25.400s  Q2     
16.  Mattias Ekstrom         Abt Audi       1m25.423s  Q2     
17.  Miguel Molina           Abt Audi       1m25.708s  Q2     
18.  Nico Muller             Rosberg Audi   -          Q2     
19.  Gary Paffett            HWA Mercedes   1m25.577s  Q1     
20.  Adrien Tambay           Abt Audi       1m25.599s  Q1     
21.  Edoardo Mortara         Abt Audi       1m25.666s  Q1     
22.  Vitaly Petrov           Mucke Mercedes 1m25.856s  Q1     
23.  Paul di Resta           HWA Mercedes   1m25.932s  Q1     
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