Norisring DTM: BMW's Martin snatches pole from Audi driver Rast

Maxime Martin snatched a last-gasp pole position for BMW in the first race of the DTM weekend at the Norisring

Norisring DTM: BMW's Martin snatches pole from Audi driver Rast

The chequered flag was already flying when Martin's RBM-run M4 DTM tripped the timing beams to deny Audi's series leader Rene Rast by five thousandths of a second.

Lucas Auer was at the top of the pile for Mercedes after the first runs, recovering form following his poor weekend at the Hungaroring.

But his former Formula 3 rival Tom Blomqvist was the first to dislodge Auer from the top of the times on the second runs.

The Anglo-Swede didn't stay on top for long, with BMW stablemate Bruno Spengler moving in front before Rast jumped to the top.

Martin then moved into second place, before his last-lap special put him onto pole.

Spengler and Blomqvist made it three BMWs in the top four, while Auer only found a small improvement on his second set of Hankooks to take fifth - and leading the Mercedes challenge as the Stuttgart marque's only representative in the top 10.

Audi's Mattias Ekstrom joins the Austrian on the third row, with BMW pair Marco Wittmann and Timo Glock lining up on the fourth rank.

Jamie Green, on a track where he reigned for many years to the extent that he is colloquially known as 'Mr Norisring', could only take ninth for Audi, with stablemate Nico Muller rounding out the top 10.

Muller and Edoardo Mortara were both reported to the stewards for blocking, although no action was taken against the pair.

RACE ONE QUALIFYING:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 47.472s -
2 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 47.477s 0.005s
3 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 47.493s 0.021s
4 Tom Blomqvist RMR BMW 47.527s 0.055s
5 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 47.584s 0.112s
6 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 47.629s 0.157s
7 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 47.676s 0.204s
8 Timo Glock RMR BMW 47.692s 0.220s
9 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 47.714s 0.242s
10 Nico Muller Abt Audi 47.718s 0.246s
11 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 47.739s 0.267s
12 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 47.763s 0.291s
13 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 47.781s 0.309s
14 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 47.813s 0.341s
15 Maro Engel HWA Mercedes 47.881s 0.409s
16 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 47.883s 0.411s
17 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 48.014s 0.542s
18 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 48.123s 0.651s


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