Red Bull Ring DTM: Edoardo Mortara leads all-Audi front row

Edoardo Mortara continued his perfect start to the Red Bull Ring's DTM round, securing pole in an all-Audi front row for Saturday afternoon's race

Red Bull Ring DTM: Edoardo Mortara leads all-Audi front row

Having topped both practice sessions, Mortara left it late in a 20-minute shootout that was halted by a red flag period.

With eight minutes remaining, Miguel Molina's Audi stopped at Turn 3, after making heavy contact with the sausage kerb on the exit of Turn 1.

When the session resumed, Pascal Wehrlein led the way, just 0.006 seconds clear of Paul di Resta, with Jamie Green and Mattias Ekstrom also provisionally inside the top four.

Mortara was 13th, and had dropped to 14th by the time he pounced with three minutes remaining.

He shot to the top with a 1m24.714s lap, clear by three tenths, and while other drivers continued to improve, they couldn't stop the Italian taking his second career DTM pole, the other also coming at the Austrian circuit in 2012.

Championship leader Green and Wehrlein made gains after the chequered flag - with Green eventually 0.193s shy of Mortara - and will start second and third, ahead of di Resta.

Augusto Farfus was fifth, playing a lone hand for BMW, with the brand's next best drivers Marco Wittmann and Antonio Felix da Costa in 12th and 13th.

Making it five Mercedes inside the top 10, Christian Vietoris, Robert Wickens and Gary Paffett will start sixth, seventh and eighth, ahead of Audi's Ekstrom and Rockenfeller.

Molina will line up 20th, with Timo Glock and Lucas Auer to share the back row of the grid.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m24.714s -
2 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m24.907s 0.193s
3 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m24.926s 0.212s
4 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m25.006s 0.292s
5 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m25.018s 0.304s
6 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m25.134s 0.420s
7 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m25.146s 0.432s
8 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m25.189s 0.475s
9 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m25.191s 0.477s
10 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m25.214s 0.500s
11 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m25.292s 0.578s
12 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m25.295s 0.581s
13 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m25.313s 0.599s
14 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m25.320s 0.606s
15 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m25.341s 0.627s
16 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m25.368s 0.654s
17 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m25.371s 0.657s
18 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m25.446s 0.732s
19 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m25.476s 0.762s
20 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m25.479s 0.765s
21 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m25.485s 0.771s
22 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 1m25.530s 0.816s
23 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m25.599s 0.885s
24 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 1m25.661s 0.947s


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