DTM Nurburgring: Marco Wittmann pips Paul di Resta to race two pole

Reigning champion Marco Wittmann saw off a challenge from Paul di Resta to secure pole position for the second race of the DTM round at the Nurburgring

DTM Nurburgring: Marco Wittmann pips Paul di Resta to race two pole

BMW driver Wittmann will start from first place for the first time in 2017, which he claimed with a lap of 1m20.936s.

As the session took place in the dry - vastly different conditions to the mixed-weather Saturday qualifying and race - the drivers needed at least two laps to warm up their tyres and only began to log representative times closer to the end of the opening runs.

As those concluded, BMW held a one-two on the timing screens, as Timo Glock recorded what was then the best lap of the weekend - a 1m21.226s - with Augusto Farfus 0.15-seconds behind.

That order held until only a minute was left on the clock, when Tom Blomqvist vaulted to the top spot - only to be immediately surpassed by fellow BMW driver Wittmann on a 1m21.070s.

At the chequered flag, di Resta looked as if he had snatched pole for Mercedes with a 1m21.052s effort, only for Wittmann to improve once more as he dipped into the 1m20s bracket and ensured first place on the grid.

Making up row two behind di Resta were two more Mercedes drivers, with Robert Wickens in third after improving from 14th after the opening runs, and Lucas Auer - winner of the Saturday race and the Sunday morning practice pacesetter - fourth.

Auer ended up 0.007s slower than Wickens and 0.007s faster than Blomqvist, who was followed by fellow BMW drivers Glock and Farfus in sixth and seventh.

Gary Paffett (Mercedes), Bruno Spengler (BMW) and Edoardo Mortara (Mercedes) rounded out the top 10.

It was another bruising showing for Audi, as the Ingolstadt marque is still saddled with the heaviest car on the grid and it managed no better than 11th, which came courtesy of Jamie Green.

Audi's points leader Mattias Ekstrom qualified 14th but will move up a spot as a five-place grid penalty for title rival Rene Rast - a result of getting his season's third warning for a clash with Maro Engel in the race on Saturday - will demote the German to 18th and last.

Results

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Marco Wittmann BMW 1m20.936s 12
2 Paul Di Resta Mercedes 0.116s 12
3 Robert Wickens Mercedes 0.185s 12
4 Lucas Auer Mercedes 0.192s 12
5 Tom Blomqvist BMW 0.199s 12
6 Timo Glock BMW 0.290s 12
7 Augusto Farfus BMW 0.385s 12
8 Gary Paffett Mercedes 0.395s 12
9 Bruno Spengler BMW 0.410s 11
10 Edoardo Mortara Mercedes 0.415s 13
11 Jamie Green Audi 0.550s 13
12 Maxime Martin BMW 0.576s 12
13 Rene Rast Audi 0.625s 12
14 Mattias Ekstrom Audi 0.648s 12
15 Maro Engel Mercedes 0.806s 12
16 Mike Rockenfeller Audi 0.893s 11
17 Nico Muller Audi 1.301s 10
18 Loic Duval Audi 1.348s 13

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