Norisring DTM: BMW's Blomqvist edges Wickens for race two pole

Tom Blomqvist grabbed pole position for the second DTM race of the weekend at the Norisring

Norisring DTM: BMW's Blomqvist edges Wickens for race two pole

The Anglo-Swede, who lies 15th in the standings after a dismal start to the season, emerged on top in his RBM BMW after provisional pole position had changed hands three times within a matter of a seconds with a couple of minutes of the 20-minute session to go.

It was enough for Blomqvist to pip Mercedes' Robert Wickens by just 0.004 seconds, with Audi's Nico Muller ensuring that all three of the DTM's manufacturers are represented in the leading trio.

Mattias Ekstrom headed the field after the first runs in his Audi from the Mercedes of free-practice pacesetter Lucas Auer.

But neither Ekstrom nor Auer was able to improve after their teams had bolted on their second sets of Hankook tyres.

First it was Saturday winner Bruno Spengler who lowered Ekstrom's pole time, followed in rapid succession by Wickens and Blomqvist, while Muller subsequently also beat Spengler's time.

Spengler will therefore line his BMW up in fourth position, followed by Ekstrom and Auer.

Maxime Martin, second in Saturday's race for BMW, will start from seventh on the grid, with the Audi of Mike Rockenfeller sharing the fourth row.

The top 10 was completed by Timo Glock's BMW and the Audi of Rene Rast.

QUALIFYING TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Tom Blomqvist RMR BMW 47.252s -
2 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 47.256s 0.004s
3 Nico Muller Abt Audi 47.289s 0.037s
4 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 47.305s 0.053s
5 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 47.329s 0.077s
6 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 47.344s 0.092s
7 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 47.355s 0.103s
8 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 47.395s 0.143s
9 Timo Glock RMR BMW 47.400s 0.148s
10 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 47.414s 0.162s
11 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 47.495s 0.243s
12 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 47.503s 0.251s
13 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 47.510s 0.258s
14 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 47.526s 0.274s
15 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 47.534s 0.282s
16 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 47.612s 0.360s
17 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 47.814s 0.562s
18 Maro Engel HWA Mercedes 47.890s 0.638s

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