DTM Hockenheim: Wittmann beats rivals Rast and Paffett to pole

BMW driver Marco Wittmann beat title rivals Rene Rast and Gary Paffett to pole position for the final DTM race of the season at Hockenheim

DTM Hockenheim: Wittmann beats rivals Rast and Paffett to pole

Wittmann denied Rast, who had led for much of the session, in the final minute of qualifying, outpacing the Audi driver by 0.054s.

Rast is 14 points behind Paffett, meaning he will have to finish on the podium to have any hopes of the title - and, should he win, he would still need Paffett to finish outside the top four.

Paffett, fourth during the mid-session lull, was at risk of having a poor qualifying as his first attempt during the second run was deleted due to a track limits infringement.

But he fought back as the chequered flag fell to jump from ninth to third and extend his points lead over nearest rival Paul di Resta to seven.

Di Resta had a more low-key session and will have to try to take his second DTM title from 11th on the grid.

Behind the top three, BMW duo Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus will line up on the grid ahead of Edoardo Mortara, the only Mercedes other than Paffett in the top 10.

Two more BMWs in Joel Eriksson and Philipp Eng followed in seventh and eighth, as Nico Muller, a pace-setter in the early stages, had to settle for ninth as the second-best Audi.

Behind the Swiss driver, Timo Glock brought the final BMW into the top 10.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m32.683s
2 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 0.054s
3 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 0.163s
4 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 0.218s
5 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 0.228s
6 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 0.233s
7 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 0.264s
8 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 0.277s
9 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.289s
10 Timo Glock RMR BMW 0.429s
11 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 0.431s
12 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 0.443s
13 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 0.604s
14 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 0.641s
15 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 0.744s
16 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.785s
17 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 0.794s
18 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 2.012s


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Author David Gruz
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