Red Bull Ring DTM: Green takes pole, title leader Ekstrom is eighth

Audi's Jamie Green completed a clean sweep of DTM pole positions at the Red Bull Ring, narrowly edging out stablemate Rene Rast

Red Bull Ring DTM: Green takes pole, title leader Ekstrom is eighth

Green and Rast were in a league of their own in qualifying for race two, their pole fight settled with a pair of last-gasp laps, as the Briton came out on top courtesy of a 1m21.955s effort.

Having dominated proceedings on Saturday, Audi was once again out front at the start of Sunday qualifying, with Rast leading the way after the opening runs.

The German took over at the front with a 1m22.237s lap and improved to a 1m22.152s next time around, with Green slotting in just 0.014s behind.

The pair remained first and second until Green edged ahead of Rast with a 1m22.090s, his rival failing to improve and both of them left with one more shot at a pole lap.

As the chequered flag flew, Rast moved back ahead on a 1m22.010s, only for Green to finally deny his fellow Audi driver pole by 0.055s.

Just as he did on Saturday, BMW's reigning champion Marco Wittmann again broke up Audi's dominance, slotting in third, two tenths adrift of pole.

This left him ahead of two more Audi cars, Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Muller, who set identical times and will line up fourth and fifth respectively.

Gary Paffett was the lead Mercedes in sixth, followed by BMW's Timo Glock, who had a big moment in the final corner of his last lap while running right ahead of Rast.

Championship leader Mattias Ekstrom, who boosted his title hopes with a win on Saturday, was only the fifth-fastest Audi and eighth overall, with BMW duo Tom Blomqvist and Bruno Spengler making up the top 10.

Mercedes endured a particularly disappointing session, with all its cars bar Paffett lining up between 13th and 18th - and its lead driver in the standings, Lucas Auer, last on the grid.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m21.955s
2 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 0.055s
3 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 0.201s
4 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.251s
5 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.251s
6 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 0.288s
7 Timo Glock RMR BMW 0.313s
8 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 0.382s
9 Tom Blomqvist RMR BMW 0.435s
10 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 0.445s
11 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 0.450s
12 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 0.474s
13 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 0.499s
14 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 0.542s
15 Maro Engel HWA Mercedes 0.571s
16 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 0.572s
17 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 0.674s
18 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 0.727s

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