DTM Hungaroring: Edoardo Mortara on pole as Audi locks out top eight

Championship contender Edoardo Mortara grabbed pole for Saturday's opening DTM race at the Hungaroring as Audi dominated qualifying

DTM Hungaroring: Edoardo Mortara on pole as Audi locks out top eight

Abt Sportline driver Mortara led for much of the session after the initial timed runs, before Jamie Green jumped to provisional pole inside the final five minutes of the 20-minute session.

But Mortara saved his best until last, setting a fastest lap of 1m35.282s after the chequered flag had fallen to usurp Green by 0.082 seconds.

With the Audi RS5 set at only five kilograms above its base weight of 1105kg, the lead two duo led an Audi lockout of the first four rows with all eight of the manufacturer's cars qualifying in the top eight.

Abt driver Miguel Molina will share the second row with Mike Rockenfeller, while Molina's team-mate Nico Muller took fifth ahead of Adrien Tambay.

Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekstrom completed the Audi rout in seventh and eighth respectively.

Felix Rosenqvist put in a stellar performance to get the best out of his Mercedes C63, set 25 kilograms above the weight of the Audi, and the Swede was best of the rest in ninth.

He outqualified championship leader Marco Wittmann, who was fastest of the BMW contingent in 10th.

Wittmann, who has a 33-point advantage over Mortara in the championship, was 0.611s off the polesitter's time, and he heads fellow BMW drivers Tom Blomqvist, Martin Tomczyk and Timo Glock on the grid.

Mercedes' main title contender Robert Wickens qualified 18th.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m35.282s 8
2 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 0.082s 8
3 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 0.167s 8
4 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.216s 8
5 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.243s 8
6 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 0.307s 9
7 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 0.471s 7
8 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 0.528s 10
9 Felix Rosenqvist ART Mercedes 0.588s 7
10 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 0.611s 8
11 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 0.641s 7
12 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 0.644s 6
13 Timo Glock RMG BMW 0.669s 7
14 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 0.704s 7
15 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 0.710s 4
16 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 0.741s 8
17 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 0.763s 7
18 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 0.799s 8
19 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 0.936s 6
20 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 0.952s 8
21 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1.107s 8
22 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1.126s 9
- Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 1.246s 9
- Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 1.355s 7


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