DTM Nurburgring: Marco Wittmann on pole for race one

Mercedes driver Lucas Auer was fastest in qualifying for the first DTM race at the Nurburgring, but a grid penalty means championship leader Marco Wittmann will start from pole

DTM Nurburgring: Marco Wittmann on pole for race one

Auer took his maiden pole at the Nurburgring in 2015 and repeated the feat on Saturday ahead of the shorter 40-minute race amongst the Eifel Mountains.

However, the Austrian received his third warning of the season at the previous round at Moscow Raceway for obstructing Nico Muller, and was subsequently handed a five-place grid penalty, moving him to the third row of the grid in sixth.

Jamie Green, who endured a torrid weekend at the Nurburgring last year, set the pace early in the session with a time of 1m23.161s, before everyone took to the pits for fresh rubber.

As the mad dash towards the flag began it was Auer who set the fastest time of all, bettering Green's provisional time by two-and-a-half tenths to seize pole for the third time in his DTM career.

Wittmann followed him over the line but could only muster enough for second, his time 0.128 seconds off the Mucke driver's effort.

BMW RBM's Tom Blomqvist chased the top two, trailing Wittmann by just over a tenth, while Green's earlier effort was good enough to hold on to a second-row start.

Edoardo Mortara threatened to snatch pole after setting the fastest middle sector of all as the flag fell, but he ended up fifth fastest - and fourth on the grid - after a scrappy end to the lap.

Daniel Juncadella lines up fifth, with the penalised Auer sixth and Felix Rosenqvist in seventh; the Swede continuing his strong start to his DTM career after deputising for new Manor F1 driver Esteban Ocon in Moscow.

Ex-F1 duo Timo Glock and Paul di Resta were split by Bruno Spengler, with the trio rounding out the top 10.

Robert Wickens' 12-point gap to Wittmann in the championship looks set to increase, with the HWA Mercedes man qualifying in a lowly 13th position.

RACE ONE GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m23.028s
2 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 0.121s
3 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 0.133s
4 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 0.139s
5 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 0.204s
6 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes -0.128
7 Felix Rosenqvist ART Mercedes 0.217s
8 Timo Glock RMG BMW 0.250s
9 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 0.256s
10 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 0.276s
11 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 0.302s
12 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 0.307s
13 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 0.360s
14 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 0.370s
15 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 0.396s
16 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 0.413s
17 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 0.469s
18 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 0.495s
19 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 0.516s
20 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.639s
21 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 0.668s
22 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.673s
23 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 0.732s
24 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 0.806s


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