DTM Hockenheim: Nico Muller snatches pole for 2016 opener

Nico Muller grabbed his maiden DTM pole position with a storming late lap for the opening round of the 2016 season at Hockenheim on Saturday afternoon

DTM Hockenheim: Nico Muller snatches pole for 2016 opener

The Swiss driver produced a 1m33.876s to beat his Audi team-mate Edoardo Mortara by 0.225s, while Mercedes' Robert Wickens starts third.

Wickens lead for the majority of the session before a late flurry of times shuffled the order.

Mortara, who was fastest in practice one, looked set to take pole as he went quickest with just two minutes left.

But Muller, who finished 21st in the championship last season, got the job done in the final minute with a time just short of his best from Saturday morning's second practice.

2015 championship runner-up Jamie Green qualified fourth for Audi, just 0.001s behind Wickens, while Mike Rockenfeller starts fifth in his 100th DTM race, meaning Audi has four of the top five drivers on the grid.

Marco Wittmann was the fastest BMW in 11th, although he was 0.390s off the pace.

All 23 drivers who competed - one less than usual as Lucas Auer remained in the garage after damaging his Mercedes in second practice - were within a second of Muller's time.

GP3 champion Esteban Ocon was the fourth fastest Mercedes in 12th, although he felt the wrath of Rockenfeller for getting in his way early in the session.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m33.876s - 6
2 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m34.101s 0.225s 8
3 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m34.105s 0.229s 7
4 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m34.106s 0.230s 7
5 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m34.131s 0.255s 9
6 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 1m34.149s 0.273s 8
7 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m34.157s 0.281s 7
8 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m34.206s 0.330s 8
9 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m34.209s 0.333s 9
10 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m34.266s 0.390s 7
11 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m34.302s 0.426s 7
12 Esteban Ocon ART Mercedes 1m34.327s 0.451s 8
13 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m34.333s 0.457s 8
14 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 1m34.338s 0.462s 8
15 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 1m34.350s 0.474s 8
16 Timo Glock RMG BMW 1m34.357s 0.481s 9
17 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m34.369s 0.493s 9
18 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m34.491s 0.615s 10
19 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 1m34.548s 0.672s 8
20 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m34.607s 0.731s 9
21 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 1m34.703s 0.827s 9
22 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m34.705s 0.829s 9
23 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 1m34.784s 0.908s 8

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