Zandvoort DTM: BMW's Antonio Felix da Costa takes first pole

A day after taking his first DTM podium, Antonio Felix da Costa secured his maiden pole position in the series at Zandvoort, leading an all-BMW top four

Zandvoort DTM: BMW's Antonio Felix da Costa takes first pole

Despite cooler and cloudier conditions than the first two days, BMW's dominance at the Dutch circuit continued.

Audi's Miguel Molina and Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein were at the top of the times with 90 seconds remaining, but they didn't finish there.

Bruno Spengler, Augusto Farfus and Saturday winner Marco Wittmann moved into the top three inside the last minute.

Then, as the chequered flag was readied, da Costa logged his 1m30.483s lap to pip Spengler to pole by 0.058 seconds.

BMW claimed a record sweep of the top seven in Saturday's race, and da Costa acknowledged that performance weights - with most Audi and Mercedes drivers running in the region of 25kg heavier than BMW drivers - is a factor.

"This weekend is working out for all of us, especially me," he said.

"I feel good in the car and can make it work, so I'm happy with where I am and happy for BMW.

"We must not get too confused, obviously we're a little bit lighter than Audi and Mercedes, but this track good for us, and we can make the tyres work.

"That's where we struggled at the Lausitzring, especially, to make them peak, now we have to make them last the race."

Molina and Wehrlein will start fifth and sixth, ahead of Timo Glock, whose BMW crawled to a halt at the end of the session.

The Mercedes of Daniel Juncadella, Gary Paffett and Christian Vietoris completed the top 10. The next-best Audi after Molina is Edoardo Mortara in 12th.

Championship leader Jamie Green will start 18th, while rookie Tom Blomqvist was among those affected by traffic late in the session.

A late lap with a personal-best first sector and outright fastest second sector was ruined when he caught a slow pack on out-laps looking to find clear air, and Blomqvist will start 21st.

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QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m30.483s -
2 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m30.541s 0.058s
3 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m30.623s 0.140s
4 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m30.650s 0.167s
5 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m30.674s 0.191s
6 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m30.809s 0.326s
7 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m30.834s 0.351s
8 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m30.850s 0.367s
9 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m30.864s 0.381s
10 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m30.899s 0.416s
11 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m30.908s 0.425s
12 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m30.946s 0.463s
13 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m30.970s 0.487s
14 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 1m31.039s 0.556s
15 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m31.116s 0.633s
16 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m31.150s 0.667s
17 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m31.218s 0.735s
18 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m31.239s 0.756s
19 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m31.308s 0.825s
20 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m31.394s 0.911s
21 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m31.425s 0.942s
22 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m31.491s 1.008s
23 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m31.505s 1.022s
24 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 1m31.719s 1.236s


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