Misano DTM night race: Audi's Loic Duval claims first pole

Audi's Loic Duval took his maiden pole position in the DTM by beating Edoardo Mortara by three tenths of a second at a wet Misano

Misano DTM night race: Audi's Loic Duval claims first pole

As had been the case on Saturday, the evening qualifying session for the night-time race was held in wet conditions and the benchmark was gradually lowered as the session went on.

Nico Muller set the early pace of 1m49.764s, but Lucas Auer entered the 1m48s range a minute later, before Mortara reached the 1m47s, and subsequently the 1m46s, in the second half of qualifying.

That was a huge improvement from Mortara as he went six tenths faster than previous leader Duval, then lowered the benchmark by a further half a second.

Still, this was not enough for pole as Duval fought back, narrowly edging Mortara out with a 1m45.983s.

Duval looked guaranteed to take first place as improvements were scarce during the last two minutes, but he improved one more time regardless and secured his first series pole with a gap of 0.320s.

Mortara claimed second ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Daniel Juncadella, who ended his session by crashing into the wall at Turn 2.

Audi pair Mike Rockenfeller and Rene Rast were fourth and fifth respectively, with Marco Wittmann leading BMW's efforts in sixth, 0.922s off the pace.

Nico Muller featured in the pole fight in the early stages but in the end had to settle for seventh.

Points leader Gary Paffett only took eighth but will still start two places ahead of title rival Paul di Resta, as the British duo sandwiched ninth-placed Timo Glock.

BMW wildcard Alex Zanardi was 19th, 4.4s off pole.

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m45.983s - 11
2 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 1m46.086s 0.103s 10
3 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 1m46.496s 0.513s 9
4 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m46.545s 0.562s 11
5 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m46.635s 0.652s 12
6 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m46.688s 0.705s 11
7 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m46.762s 0.779s 12
8 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m46.774s 0.791s 12
9 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m46.801s 0.818s 11
10 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m46.926s 0.943s 11
11 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m47.103s 1.120s 12
12 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 1m47.302s 1.319s 12
13 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 1m47.313s 1.330s 11
14 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 1m47.442s 1.459s 11
15 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 1m47.802s 1.819s 11
16 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 1m47.886s 1.903s 12
17 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m48.266s 2.283s 12
18 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 1m48.315s 2.332s 11
19 Alessandro Zanardi RMR BMW 1m50.207s 4.224s 10

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