DTM: Juncadella secures pole for opening race at Brands Hatch

Daniel Juncadella secured pole position for the opening DTM race of the weekend at Brands Hatch, leading an all-Mercedes front row ahead of Lucas Auer

DTM: Juncadella secures pole for opening race at Brands Hatch

Juncadella snatched his second pole of the 2018 DTM campaign with a late lap of 1m18.069s around Brands Hatch's Grand Prix layout, enough to edge out team mate Auer by 0.092s at the end of the 20-minute session.

It had been Auer that held the lead heading into the final five minutes, ahead of BMW's practice pacesetter Augusto Farfus, before Juncadella leapt to the head of the order with less than a minute left on the clock.

Auer improved thereafter but not by enough to beat the Spaniard, while reigning champion Rene Rast's final lap was good enough to put him third, a further tenth behind in the best of the Audis.

Philipp Eng led the BMW charge in fourth, just 0.002s behind Rast, while Farfus slipped to fifth in the closing stages.

Points leader Gary Paffett suffered an off at Paddock Hill in the first part of the session, glancing the barrier, but the Mercedes driver avoided major damage and was able to set the sixth-fastest time when he returned to the track.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock spun off at Surtees at the very end of the session, bringing out the yellow flags, but had set at time good enough for seventh.

Edoardo Mortara (Mercedes), Marco Wittmann (BMW) and Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes) completed the top 10.

Rast was the only Audi driver to breach the top 10, with the Ingolstadt marque's next-best placed driver being Robin Frijns in 11th place.

Jamie Green's struggles continued at his home track, the series veteran qualifying on the back row.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 1m18.069s -
2 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 1m18.161s 0.092s
3 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m18.255s 0.186s
4 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 1m18.257s 0.188s
5 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 1m18.365s 0.296s
6 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m18.398s 0.329s
7 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m18.407s 0.338s
8 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 1m18.422s 0.353s
9 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m18.443s 0.374s
10 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m18.444s 0.375s
11 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 1m18.530s 0.461s
12 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m18.625s 0.556s
13 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m18.644s 0.575s
14 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m18.695s 0.626s
15 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m18.746s 0.677s
16 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 1m18.755s 0.686s
17 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m18.799s 0.730s
18 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 1m19.385s 1.316s
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