Moscow DTM: BMW's Marco Wittmann takes first pole of title defence

BMW's Marco Wittmann secured the first pole position of his DTM title defence in qualifying for Saturday's opening race at Moscow Raceway

Moscow DTM: BMW's Marco Wittmann takes first pole of title defence

Wittmann set the pace during Friday's practice session and following a damp Saturday morning returned to the top of the times in the dry 20-minute shootout.

The German set his time of 1m28.810s with just under 30 seconds left on the clock to take his fifth career DTM pole.

"It was fantastic," Wittmann said. "I felt good on the first run but made the odd mistake here and there.

"Because of this, I knew I could go even faster with the second set of tyres, and that was the case.

"We made a slight change to the tyre pressure for the second set, which proved to be the right step.

"The lap was perfect. I felt very comfortable. It is great to be at the very front and make a good start to the weekend."

Pascal Wehrlein will join him on the front row, the Mercedes driver improving after the chequered flag to finish the session 0.169 seconds behind Wittmann.

Audi's Jamie Green gave all three brands a driver in the top three, going top momentarily before Wittmann's effort in the closing stages.

The trio ensured Timo Glock wouldn't claim a maiden DTM pole.

The BMW driver was atop the times as the second and final runs began with four minutes remaining, but couldn't improve on his 1m29.003s.

Rookie Tom Blomqvist was fifth, his best qualifying result in the DTM, ahead of Mattias Ekstrom and Bruno Spengler, who made it four BMWs in the top seven.

Miguel Molina, Daniel Juncadella and Nico Muller rounded out the top 10, while Formula 3 European Championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi will start his first DTM race from 19th on the grid.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m28.810s -
2 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m28.979s 0.169s
3 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m28.985s 0.175s
4 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m29.003s 0.193s
5 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m29.066s 0.256s
6 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m29.085s 0.275s
7 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m29.093s 0.283s
8 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m29.133s 0.323s
9 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m29.143s 0.333s
10 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m29.147s 0.337s
11 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m29.184s 0.374s
12 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m29.211s 0.401s
13 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m29.256s 0.446s
14 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m29.280s 0.470s
15 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 1m29.297s 0.487s
16 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m29.304s 0.494s
17 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m29.350s 0.540s
18 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 1m29.401s 0.591s
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Phoenix Audi 1m29.487s 0.677s
20 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m29.519s 0.709s
21 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m29.541s 0.731s
22 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m29.557s 0.747s
23 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m29.766s 0.956s
24 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m29.878s 1.068s


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