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Norisring DTM: Christian Vietoris claims pole in tight session

Mercedes Team Mucke driver Christian Vietoris will start the first DTM race at the Norisring from pole position after setting the pace in qualifying

In a frantic and tightly contested 20-minute session, with two tenths separating the top eight drivers, Vietoris put in a lap of 48.144s around the half-way mark which proved to be unbeatable.

Audi Abt Sportsline driver Mattias Ekstrom will join Vietoris on the front row, ahead of fellow RS5 driver Jamie Green.

Practice two pacesetter Robert Wickens was fourth-fastest, ahead of the lead BMW of Bruno Spengler.

Edoardo Mortara, who was quickest in opening practice, will line up in sixth.

Former Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta and Lucas Auer, who set the early pace in qualifying, ended the session seventh and eighth for Mercedes.

Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Muller will complete the top 10 on the grid.

BMW struggled in comparison to rivals Mercedes and Audi at the German street track. Timo Glock, Augusto Farfus, Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin were the marque's leading drivers in 11th to 14th.

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 48.144s -
2 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 48.182s 0.038s
3 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 48.194s 0.050s
4 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 48.250s 0.106s
5 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 48.257s 0.113s
6 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 48.305s 0.161s
7 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 48.312s 0.168s
8 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 48.342s 0.198s
9 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 48.352s 0.208s
10 Nico Muller Abt Audi 48.357s 0.213s
11 Timo Glock RMG BMW 48.360s 0.216s
12 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 48.362s 0.218s
13 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 48.376s 0.232s
14 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 48.389s 0.245s
15 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 48.393s 0.249s
16 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 48.430s 0.286s
17 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 48.445s 0.301s
18 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 48.464s 0.320s
19 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 48.491s 0.347s
20 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 48.500s 0.356s
21 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 48.526s 0.382s
22 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 48.538s 0.394s
23 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 48.544s 0.400s
24 Esteban Ocon ART Mercedes 48.574s 0.430s


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