DTM Misano: Di Resta takes crushing pole in wet night race qualifying

Paul di Resta starred in wet qualifying for the first race of the DTM's night-time weekend at Misano, planting his Mercedes on pole position by almost half a second

DTM Misano: Di Resta takes crushing pole in wet night race qualifying

Rene Rast sat at the top of the times for Audi with four minutes remaining, but could not survive di Resta's onslaught.

First the Scot pipped Rast's best with a kerb-bouncing, spectacular lap, then he sliced half a second off that effort with a cleaner run.

On his final lap, di Resta chipped three hundredths off his previous best, to finish up 0.469 seconds clear of HWA Mercedes team-mate Edoardo Mortara.

Mortara moved into the frame late in the session, with two laps edging out the best Rast could manage.

Reigning champion Rast ended up third, while championship leader Gary Paffett put in a last-lap effort to qualify his Mercedes fourth.

In the wet conditions, most of the competitors circulated on track for most of the session rather than completing their customary two runs.

The best of those to pit was Mortara, while the tactic also worked for Timo Glock, who headed the BMW brigade in fifth position.

Lucas Auer took sixth for Mercedes from Mike Rockenfeller's Audi and the Merc of Pascal Wehrlein. Rounding out the top 10 were Augusto Farfus (BMW) and Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes).

Guest racer Alex Zanardi put in a respectable performance to be within a second of the next-slowest qualifier, fellow BMW man Philipp Eng, who survived a trip into the gravel on his first flying lap.

Qualifying times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m46.826s -
2 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 1m47.295s 0.469s
3 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m47.401s 0.575s
4 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m47.434s 0.608s
5 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m47.569s 0.743s
6 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 1m47.597s 0.771s
7 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m47.603s 0.777s
8 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m47.645s 0.819s
9 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 1m47.654s 0.828s
10 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 1m47.769s 0.943s
11 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m47.850s 1.024s
12 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 1m48.115s 1.289s
13 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 1m48.303s 1.477s
14 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m48.505s 1.679s
15 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m48.550s 1.724s
16 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 1m48.674s 1.848s
17 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m49.383s 2.557s
18 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 1m49.631s 2.805s
19 Alessandro Zanardi RMR BMW 1m50.571s 3.745s


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