DTM Red Bull Ring: Jamie Green tops Audi-dominated qualifying

Jamie Green scored his first pole position of 2017 in the Saturday DTM qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring, where five Audi cars finished in the top six

DTM Red Bull Ring: Jamie Green tops Audi-dominated qualifying

Nico Muller ended up second and points leader Mattias Ekstrom was third.

Ekstrom's nearest championship challenger - Mercedes driver Lucas Auer - qualified down in 12th place.

Qualifying for race one in Austria was the first competitive session since DTM's decision to scrap performance weights, and the best positions for BMW and Mercedes were fourth and seventh respectively.

While BMW's Marco Wittmann was the first to set a competitive time, Mattias Ekstrom and then Green soon took over.

The Briton ended the first half of the session in the lead with a time 1m22.198s, followed by four of his Audi team-mates.

The session continued under the control of the Ingolstadt marque after the halfway point, with Muller taking the lead in the final two minutes.

Green fell 0.004s short with his first improvement but managed to set a best time of 1m21.973s just as the chequered flag fell, beating Muller by 0.021s.

Ekstrom took third, with Wittmann breaking up the Audi hegemony by grabbing fourth, just 0.081s off the pace.

Mike Rockenfeller and Rene Rast completed the top six for Audi, while Robert Wickens finished seventh as the top Mercedes driver.

BMW trio Maxime Martin, Timo Glock and Augusto Farfus rounded out the top 10.

By qualifying third, Ekstrom scored a point and extended his championship advantage over Auer to 10 points.

Race one qualifying results

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Jamie Green Audi 1m21.973s 12
2 Nico Muller Audi 0.021s 14
3 Mattias Ekstrom Audi 0.073s 13
4 Marco Wittmann BMW 0.081s 11
5 Mike Rockenfeller Audi 0.122s 13
6 Rene Rast Audi 0.273s 12
7 Robert Wickens Mercedes 0.319s 12
8 Maxime Martin BMW 0.419s 12
9 Timo Glock BMW 0.468s 11
10 Augusto Farfus BMW 0.469s 11
11 Paul Di Resta Mercedes 0.529s 14
12 Lucas Auer Mercedes 0.558s 13
13 Bruno Spengler BMW 0.559s 11
14 Edoardo Mortara Mercedes 0.581s 13
15 Gary Paffett Mercedes 0.625s 12
16 Tom Blomqvist BMW 0.665s 12
17 Loic Duval Audi 0.738s 12
18 Maro Engel Mercedes 0.932s 13

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