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DTM Norisring: Blomqvist gets race two pole after Ekstrom penalty

BMW RBM driver Tom Blomqvist will start the second DTM race at the Norisring from pole position after fastest qualifier Mattias Ekstrom's three-place grid penalty was applied

Ekstrom collided with Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens while battling for the lead of Saturday's opening race of the weekend, with the Audi Abt Sportsline handed a penalty by the stewards for race two.

While Ekstrom pulled out his best and was unbeatable in the session, Blomqvist was able to crack the rest of the Mercedes and Audi dominance in the closely contested 20-minute session at the Norisring to become the eighth different polesitter of the season.

His lap of 47.820 seconds was good enough for second before the application of Ekstrom's penalty, with Paul di Resta joining Blomqvist on the front row after qualifying in third.

Ekstrom will start the second race from fourth place, one spot fellow Audi driver Nico Muller.

Lausitzring race two winner Lucas Auer was fifth-fastest in qualifying and will share row three with BMW driver Maxime Martin.

Wickens and Adrien Tambay were next up, with race one winner Edoardo Mortara and Marco Wittmann rounding out the top 10.

Gary Paffett was 18th, although the Briton's session was brought to an early end after contact with the Turn 5 wall.

His time was later excluded for a violation of parc ferme rules, dropping to the back of the field as a result.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time
1 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 47.820s
2 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 47.877s
3 Nico Muller Abt Audi 47.889s
4 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 47.804s
5 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 47.891s
6 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 47.895s
7 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 47.902s
8 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 47.947s
9 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 47.953s
10 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 47.967s
11 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 47.996s
12 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 48.029s
13 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 48.032s
14 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 48.044s
15 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 48.046s
16 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 48.050s
17 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 48.083s
18 Esteban Ocon ART Mercedes 48.101s
19 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 48.110s
20 Timo Glock RMG BMW 48.119s
21 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 48.129s
22 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 48.139s
23 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 48.249s
24 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes -


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