Red Bull Ring DTM: Wittmann leads Blomqvist on BMW front row

Marco Wittmann claimed pole for the opening DTM race at the Red Bull Ring ahead of fellow BMW driver Tom Blomqvist

Red Bull Ring DTM: Wittmann leads Blomqvist on BMW front row

Team RMG driver Wittmann recorded a best time of 1m22.795s on his second lap of the 20-minute session, to edge out early leader and first practice pacesetter Blomqvist by a mere 0.019 seconds.

Audi pairing Adrien Tambay and Edoardo Mortara will line up on the second row of the grid for Saturday evening's first race, a tenth of a second down on Wittmann's effort.

Wittmann's team-mate Timo Glock was fifth having briefly led at the start of the session.

Glock led a trio of BMWs in the middle of the top 10, with Maxime Martin and Antonio Felix da Costa - the latter prioritising his DTM commitments over this weekend's Formula E round in Berlin - sixth and seventh.

Da Costa was the only driver to make significant progress on his second qualifying run, jumping from 11th onto the fourth row.

Championship leader Paul di Resta was eighth, having been squeezed down by da Costa's late improvement.

The Brit headed Martin Tomczyk and Mattias Ekstrom, who completed the top 10.

Gary Paffett pitted towards the end of the session having been unable to improve on his 23rd place, while fellow Mercedes driver Christian Vietoris propped up the field, having opted to attempt only one set of runs.

QUALIFYING TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m22.795s -
2 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m22.814s 0.019s
3 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 1m22.903s 0.108s
4 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m22.932s 0.137s
5 Timo Glock RMG BMW 1m22.937s 0.142s
6 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 1m22.957s 0.162s
7 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m22.997s 0.202s
8 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m22.998s 0.203s
9 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m23.000s 0.205s
10 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m23.005s 0.210s
11 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 1m23.062s 0.267s
12 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 1m23.085s 0.290s
13 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m23.128s 0.333s
14 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m23.150s 0.355s
15 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m23.218s 0.423s
16 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 1m23.223s 0.428s
17 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m23.242s 0.447s
18 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m23.244s 0.449s
19 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m23.265s 0.470s
20 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 1m23.368s 0.573s
21 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m23.379s 0.584s
22 Esteban Ocon ART Mercedes 1m23.416s 0.621s
23 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m23.459s 0.664s
24 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 1m23.534s 0.739s


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