Lausitzring DTM: Robert Wickens denies Tom Blomqvist pole

Robert Wickens denied Tom Blomqvist pole position for Sunday's second DTM race at the Lausitzring with a last-gasp effort in second qualifying

Lausitzring DTM: Robert Wickens denies Tom Blomqvist pole

Blomqvist had been top of the times when the chequered flag fell in his Team RBM BMW M4 DTM and shaved a couple of hundredths off his best with an improved time of 1m16.323s.

But he was denied a second DTM pole by Wickens' later effort of 1m16.299s.

Mercedes driver Wickens secured his fifth pole in the series as a result, backing up his second-place finish and qualifying effort from a day earlier.

Behind Blomqvist, fellow Britons Jamie Green and Gary Paffett will share the second row after they also improved late on.

Audi man Green ended the session just 0.004 seconds shy of a place on the front row, while Paffett - who is second in the points - hauled his Mercedes C63 back onto the second row having been fast early in the session.

Blomqvist's team-mate Maxime Martin had been the early pacesetter in the first half of the 20-minute session but could not improve on his early benchmark and wound up fifth ahead of Rene Rast, fresh from his first podium in the series.

The Team Abt Audi RS5s of Nico Muller and Mattias Ekstrom will share row four ahead of the BMWs of Bruno Spengler and Marco Wittmann, while race one winner and current points leader Lucas Auer had a difficult session and will start race two from 15th.

RACE TWO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m16.299s -
2 Tom Blomqvist RMR BMW 1m16.323s 0.024s
3 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m16.326s 0.027s
4 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m16.368s 0.069s
5 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 1m16.379s 0.080s
6 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m16.406s 0.107s
7 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m16.409s 0.110s
8 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m16.441s 0.142s
9 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 1m16.460s 0.161s
10 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m16.579s 0.280s
11 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m16.651s 0.352s
12 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 1m16.662s 0.363s
13 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m16.704s 0.405s
14 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m16.710s 0.411s
15 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 1m16.812s 0.513s
16 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m16.813s 0.514s
17 Maro Engel HWA Mercedes 1m16.889s 0.590s
18 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 1m17.127s 0.828s


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