Zandvoort BMW: Augusto Farfus leads BMW qualifying domination

Augusto Farfus secured his first DTM pole position in nearly two years, as BMW dominated qualifying for Saturday's race at Zandvoort

Zandvoort BMW: Augusto Farfus leads BMW qualifying domination

After topping the final practice session, Farfus moved into top spot with three minutes remaining with a 1m31.266s lap.

It was three tenths clear at the time, and even though drivers continued to improve, it remained good enough to lead an all-BMW top four, as seven of the brand's eight drivers finished inside the top 10.

"It's a long time since I've been on pole position," Farfus, whose last pole came at the Nurburgring in August 2013, said.

"I think this weekend we have a good balance in the car, and a good feeling.

"The track was just improving, I managed to put a good lap time together, and I'm really happy."

Reigning champion Marco Wittmann and Antonio Felix da Costa were second and third with identical times, just 0.008 seconds behind Farfus.

Having set his time earlier, Wittmann got the nod, while da Costa began his final lap with a purple first sector but wasn't able to improve and Maxime Martin was fourth.

"There's a little bit of mixed feelings," da Costa admitted. "I think we had the power to take pole."

With tyres going off after a single lap, the track was largely empty during the middle of the session.

Gary Paffett was on top of the times when that stretch ended with four minutes left, and while he improved late, it wasn't enough to stay ahead.

He ended the session three tenths behind the BMWs in fifth, the sole shining light for Mercedes.

Its next best was runner Pascal Wehrlein in 15th, while Paul di Resta went off late in the session and will start 22nd.

Jamie Green was sixth, followed by three more BMWs - Timo Glock, Tom Blomqvist and Bruno Spengler.

Green's Audi stablemate Miguel Molina completed the top 10.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m31.266s -
2 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m31.274s 0.008s
3 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m31.274s 0.008s
4 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m31.363s 0.097s
5 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m31.570s 0.304s
6 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m31.627s 0.361s
7 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m31.647s 0.381s
8 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m31.650s 0.384s
9 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m31.656s 0.390s
10 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m31.668s 0.402s
11 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m31.686s 0.420s
12 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m31.701s 0.435s
13 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m31.735s 0.469s
14 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m31.758s 0.492s
15 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m31.775s 0.509s
16 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m31.783s 0.517s
17 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m31.855s 0.589s
18 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m31.855s 0.589s
19 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m32.005s 0.739s
20 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 1m32.141s 0.875s
21 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m32.215s 0.949s
22 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m32.251s 0.985s
23 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m32.264s 0.998s
24 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 1m32.564s 1.298s


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