Nurburgring DTM: Mercedes rookie Lucas Auer takes shock pole

Mercedes rookie Lucas Auer claimed a surprise maiden DTM pole position for the Saturday Nurburgring race

Nurburgring DTM: Mercedes rookie Lucas Auer takes shock pole

The Formula 3 graduate, whose previous-best grid position of fifth at the Norisring was the only time he had qualified inside the top 10, vaulted to the top of the times with 30 seconds remaining.

Auer's lap of 1m21.915s pipped BMW's Maxime Martin by just 0.084 seconds, as he became the DTM's 12th different polesitter in 2015.

The session was red flagged approaching the halfway mark, following separate crashes for Paul di Resta and Adrien Tambay.

Martin moved to the top after the restart and led Mike Rockenfeller and Daniel Juncadella entering the final five minutes, but the trio sat out the closing stages.

Championship leader Pascal Wehrlein will start third, with his primary challenger Mattias Ekstrom languishing down in 17th, reporting both understeer and oversteer from his Audi.

BMW's Bruno Spengler was fourth, ahead of the best of the Audi drivers, Edoardo Mortara, while another Mercedes rookie in Maximilian Gotz was a career-best sixth.

Jamie Green, Rockenfeller, Juncadella and practice pacesetter Miguel Molina completed the top 10.

With the late schedule change to hold both practice sessions on Friday, qualifying was the first time drivers were on track on Saturday, and di Resta and Tambay came to grief.

On his first flying lap, di Resta lost the rear of his Mercedes on the exit kerb coming onto the long back straight, firing into the tyre barrier on the inside.

Moments later, Tambay went straight on at the Turn 6 hairpin, and his Audi was unable to return to pitlane.

BMW's Martin Tomczyk also failed to set a time following an engine change between events and will join the pair at the rear of the field.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 1m21.915s -
2 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m21.999s 0.084s
3 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m22.030s 0.115s
4 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m22.032s 0.117s
5 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m22.068s 0.153s
6 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 1m22.072s 0.157s
7 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m22.073s 0.158s
8 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m22.089s 0.174s
9 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m22.120s 0.205s
10 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m22.121s 0.206s
11 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m22.151s 0.236s
12 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m22.156s 0.241s
13 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m22.223s 0.308s
14 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m22.242s 0.327s
15 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m22.338s 0.423s
16 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m22.365s 0.450s
17 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m22.372s 0.457s
18 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m22.381s 0.466s
19 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m22.536s 0.621s
20 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m22.574s 0.659s
21 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m22.712s 0.797s
- Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW - -
- Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes - -
- Adrien Tambay Abt Audi - -


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