Norisring DTM: Bruno Spengler puts BMW on race two pole

Bruno Spengler claimed his first DTM pole position since October 2013, as BMW crashed Mercedes' Norisring party in Sunday qualifying

Norisring DTM: Bruno Spengler puts BMW on race two pole

Mercedes has dominated the weekend, including a 1-2-3-4 finish led by Pascal Wehrlein in Saturday's race, and its drivers looked strong again on Sunday morning.

Saturday polesitter Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens both spent considerable time at the top of the order, and began the final minute with Vietoris just 0.009 seconds ahead.

However, three-time Norisring winner Spengler improved on consecutive laps, with his 48.280s effort good enough to put him on top.

By this time, Vietoris had already pitted, and while Wickens set a session-best time in the second sector, he could not snatch pole after the chequered flag

"Unfortunately I didn't improve on the second set of tyres, and you need to, so I went from P1 to P3," Wickens, who finished second on Saturday, surmised.

BMW has endured a tough start to the season, with its drivers yet to visit the podium, and Spengler's lap secured its first pole of 2015 by just 0.004s.

Mattias Ekstrom was fourth and the top Audi, while rookie Lucas Auer enjoyed the best qualifying session of his DTM career, with fifth.

Wehrlein and championship leader Jaime Green will line up sixth and seventh, ahead of Paul di Resta, Maxime Martin and Daniel Juncadella.

Just 0.625s split the field, with Audi again bringing up the rear through Timo Scheider and Miguel Molina.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 48.280s -
2 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 48.284s 0.004s
3 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 48.293s 0.013s
4 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 48.401s 0.121s
5 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 48.422s 0.142s
6 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 48.425s 0.145s
7 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 48.445s 0.165s
8 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 48.472s 0.192s
9 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 48.484s 0.204s
10 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 48.490s 0.210s
11 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 48.516s 0.236s
12 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 48.547s 0.267s
13 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 48.548s 0.268s
14 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 48.559s 0.279s
15 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 48.563s 0.283s
16 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 48.585s 0.305s
17 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 48.610s 0.330s
18 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 48.620s 0.340s
19 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 48.671s 0.391s
20 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 48.719s 0.439s
21 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 48.767s 0.487s
22 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 48.815s 0.535s
23 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 48.878s 0.598s
24 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 48.905s 0.625s


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