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DTM Nurburgring: Lucas Auer on top again in second qualifying

Mucke Motorsport's Lucas Auer celebrated his 22nd birthday in style with pole position for the second DTM race at the Nurburgring

The Mercedes driver set the initial pace early on in the session with a time of 1m23.064s, and he bettered it later on, with his pole time clocking in at 1m22.728s.

Auer also set the fastest time in Saturday's qualifying session, but dropped to sixth on the grid after serving a five-place grid penalty he picked up for receiving a third driving standards warning at the previous round

Championship leader Marco Wittmann - who inherited pole from Auer on Saturday and went on to win the opening race - was second fastest again on Sunday, the first of a quartet of BMWs inside the top five.

Wittmann only narrowly missed out on pole by 0.030s, but he is again well positioned to increase his advantage over championship rival Robert Wickens.

The Canadian struggled with pace during Saturday's race, finishing ninth from 13th on the grid, but endured an even tougher session on Sunday, lining up 17th for the one-hour race.

Bruno Spengler didn't set a lap time until the later stages of the session but his patience paid off, with third on the grid the reward, just ahead of BMW stablemates Tom Blomqvist and Augusto Farfus.

Audi trio Edoardo Mortara, Jamie Green, and Miguel Molina line up sixth, seventh and eighth respectively, with Daniel Juncadella and Mattias Ekstrom rounding off the top 10.

Adrien Tambay set the 21st-fastest time, but a grid penalty for a collision with Farfus in Saturday's race means he will start from the back.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 1m22.728s 8
2 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 0.030s 8
3 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 0.115s 10
4 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 0.168s 10
5 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 0.170s 10
6 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 0.190s 10
7 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 0.215s 10
8 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 0.220s 10
9 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 0.268s 8
10 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 0.279s 11
11 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 0.302s 8
12 Felix Rosenqvist ART Mercedes 0.303s 8
13 Timo Glock RMG BMW 0.362s 9
14 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.402s 11
15 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 0.405s 8
16 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 0.416s 10
17 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 0.454s 8
18 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 0.476s 10
19 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 0.651s 6
20 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.654s 10
21 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 0.673s 10
22 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 0.763s 9
23 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 0.789s 10
24 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 0.859s 8

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