Moscow DTM: BMW's Marco Wittmann bounces back with race two pole

Marco Wittmann bounced back from a difficult Saturday to claim pole for the second DTM race at Moscow Raceway in a qualifying session affected by a red flag

Moscow DTM: BMW's Marco Wittmann bounces back with race two pole

BMW Team RMG driver Wittmann finished Saturday's wet first race in a lowly 19th place, losing the lead of the championship as a result, but set the fastest time in the final few minutes of Sunday's dry qualifying session with a 1m28.776s.

Wittmann's effort bested Tom Blomqvist's late improvement by 0.102 seconds as the pair locked out a BMW front row, two of only a handful of drivers to improve after the session had been restarted following a high-speed accident for Maxime Martin.

Blomqvist's RBM team-mate Martin had been leading the session with seven minutes remaining, having set the fastest lap on three occasions.

But the Belgian's M4 then appeared to step out under braking for the uphill Turn 7, with Martin heading straight on into the gravel trap and coming to rest after a side-on impact with the tyre barrier.

That forced a stoppage of around 10 minutes before the session could be restarted, and although Martin was unable to play any further part his lap was good enough for third.

Martin will line up alongside race one winner and new championship leader Robert Wickens, who wound up best of the Mercedes cars - albeit 0.404s down on Wittmann's best time.

Bruno Spengler, Dani Juncadella and Augusto Farfus were closely matched behind the top four and will start fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, with Timo Glock lining up alongside Farfus on the fourth row.

Mercedes drivers Maximilian Gotz and Lucas Auer completed the top 10.

QUALIFYING TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m28.776s -
2 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m28.878s 0.102s
3 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m29.180s 0.404s
4 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m29.371s 0.595s
5 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 1m29.397s 0.621s
6 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 1m29.411s 0.635s
7 Timo Glock RMG BMW 1m29.522s 0.746s
8 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 1m29.604s 0.828s
9 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 1m29.650s 0.874s
10 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m29.759s 0.983s
11 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m29.760s 0.984s
12 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m29.768s 0.992s
13 Felix Rosenqvist ART Mercedes 1m29.811s 1.035s
14 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m29.812s 1.036s
15 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m29.815s 1.039s
16 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 1m29.935s 1.159s
17 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m29.987s 1.211s
18 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 1m30.057s 1.281s
19 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m30.081s 1.305s
20 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m30.114s 1.338s
21 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m30.122s 1.346s
22 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m30.158s 1.382s
23 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m30.424s 1.648s
- Maxime Martin RBM BMW 1m29.027s 0.251s


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