Nurburgring DTM: Marco Wittmann takes pole for BMW
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, August 16th 2014, 12:46 GMT|
Marco Wittmann took his third pole position of the 2014 DTM season in comfortable fashion at the Nurburgring.
Despite carrying maximum success ballast - making his BMW M4 up to 20kg heavier than the lightest of the Mercedes runners and 10kg heavier than all of the Audis - the current points leader was unstoppable in qualifying.
In Q2, he was a full 0.444 seconds ahead of the field, before taking pole with a 1m22.780s lap, the fastest ever DTM pole lap at the Nurburgring, in Q3.
Behind Wittmann there was a train of Audis. Edoardo Mortara returned to some qualifying form to grab a front row starting spot, while reigning champion Mike Rockenfeller was third fastest.
Jamie Green was fourth quickest, despite limiting his Q3 appearance to just a single flying lap right at the end of the session.
Timo Scheider and Miguel Molina were fifth and sixth respectively, while Daniel Juncadella made his first appearance in Q3 this season, finishing the session seventh, ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Paul di Resta.
Christian Vietoris was ninth fastest, the Mercedes driver having missed out on a spot in Q3 by just 0.001s, while Nico Muller failed to turn his promising practice form into a top eight spot and qualified 10th.
Mattias Ekstrom, who is currently second in the standings, endured a terrible start to the weekend by being knocked out in Q1.
With the circuit conditions constantly improving throughout the 13-minute session - all drivers started on wets before switching to slicks midway through - Ekstrom did not do enough on his all-important final lap, which left him 22nd.
He was joined on the sidelines after the first session by Antonio Felix da Costa, Joey Hand, Vitaly Petrov and Gary Paffett, who tumbled all the way from first to last as the circuit dried out in the dying minutes.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m29.101s 2. Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m29.555s +0.145s 3. Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m29.559s +0.171s 4. Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m29.613s +0.216s 5. Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m29.616s +0.268s 6. Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m29.710s +0.383s 7. Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m29.735s +0.441s 8. Paul di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m29.780s +0.574s 9. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m23.338s Q2 10. Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m32.405s Q2 11. Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m23.421s Q2 12. Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m23.495s Q2 13. Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m23.565s Q2 14. Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m23.592s Q2 15. Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m23.593s Q2 16. Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m23.961s Q2 17. Bruno Spengler Schnitzer BMW 1m23.770s Q2 18. Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m23.841s Q2 19. Antonio Felix da Costa MTEK BMW 1m27.479s Q1 20. Joey Hand RBM BMW 1m27.568s Q1 21. Vitaly Petrov Mucke Mercedes 1m27.714s Q1 22. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m28.504s Q1 23. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m29.612s Q1