Hockenheim DTM: BMW's Antonio Felix da Costa takes race one pole

Antonio Felix da Costa claimed pole position for the first race of the DTM season finale at Hockenheim on his farewell weekend in the series with BMW

Hockenheim DTM: BMW's Antonio Felix da Costa takes race one pole

The Portuguese jumped to the top of the times on the second runs in his Schnitzer-run machine, as series-leading BMW stablemate Marco Wittmann dropped from a mid-session provisional pole to fourth.

Wittmann made only a microscopic improvement on the second runs, and got leapfrogged by da Costa, Audi runner Miguel Molina and fellow BMW driver Tom Blomqvist.

But Wittmann fared best of the title contenders, with Audi's Edoardo Mortara and longshot Jamie Green lining up eighth and 14th respectively.

Even some skilful Audi co-operation on slipstreaming - from Mike Rockenfeller on the first run and Molina on the second - could not promote Mortara further up the order, and his best lap came with no tow.

Nevertheless, BMW and Audi look reasonably evenly matched, with the third row continuing that theme as it comprises BMW's Maxime Martin and Audi veteran Rockenfeller.

Augusto Farfus also managed to insert his BMW in front of Mortara, in seventh place.

The top 10 was completed by another BMW-Audi pair, in the form of Timo Glock and Nico Muller respectively.

Mercedes has had weight taken off this weekend, but even so the Stuttgart machines struggled in qualifying.

Felix Rosenqvist was a respectable sixth after the opening runs, but tumbled down the order later on as Paul di Resta moved to the fore for the manufacturer, albeit in a lowly 12th.

RACE ONE QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m32.344s -
2 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m32.444s 0.100s
3 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m32.508s 0.164s
4 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m32.512s 0.168s
5 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 1m32.574s 0.230s
6 Mike Rockenfeller Abt Audi 1m32.620s 0.276s
7 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 1m32.631s 0.287s
8 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m32.662s 0.318s
9 Timo Glock RMG BMW 1m32.700s 0.356s
10 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m32.704s 0.360s
11 Rene Rast Phoenix Audi 1m32.726s 0.382s
12 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m32.794s 0.450s
13 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m32.884s 0.540s
14 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m32.908s 0.564s
15 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m32.918s 0.574s
16 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 1m32.922s 0.578s
17 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 1m32.956s 0.612s
18 Felix Rosenqvist ART Mercedes 1m33.018s 0.674s
19 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m33.149s 0.805s
20 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m33.168s 0.824s
21 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m33.238s 0.894s
22 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 1m33.285s 0.941s
23 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 1m33.362s 1.018s
- Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 1m33.254s 0.910s


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