Spengler tops rain-hit DTM qualifying

Spengler tops rain-hit DTM qualifying


Spengler tops rain-hit DTM qualifying


Bruno Spengler took his second DTM pole position of the year after coming out on top of a rain-affected qualifying session at Oschersleben.

The Canadian, who was also on pole at the circuit in his title-winning campaign last year, was the third driver in Q4 to set a time in the single-lap pole shoot-out.

The Schnitzer BMW driver’s time of 1m20.140s knocked Jamie Green’s Abt Audi off the top spot and was too good to be challenged by championship leader Mike Rockenfeller, too. Spengler’s advantage over Green who took his first front-row grid spot since joining Audi last winter was 0.123 seconds.

Augusto Farfus will start third in his RBM BMW with Rockenfeller’s Phoenix Audi fourth. Dirk Werner, who occupied a Q4 spot until Spengler knocked him out of it late in Q3, will start fifth in the second of the Schnitzer M3s.

Filipe Albuquerque finally turned his outstanding practice form of recent months into a strong qualifying performance. He equalled his best grid spot of the year in sixth. Mercedes driver Gary Paffett, who is making his 100th DTM start this weekend, was one place further back, but will drop to 12th on the grid once his grid penalty is applied.

Miguel Molina, Martin Tomczyk and Timo Scheider were the remaining drivers to make it into Q3.

While Q3 and Q4 were held in dry conditions, the first two parts of qualifying were subjected to changeable weather. Rain in Q2 meant that times set in the opening five minutes when the track was at its driest decided which drivers progressed.

Adrien Tambay, Robert Wickens and Timo Glock were not among them; each member of the trio having an off of one sort or another in the slippery conditions. There was even worse news for Rockenfeller’s main title rival Christian Vietoris. After a dismal practice showing, he could only set the 21st-fastest time in Q1.

For a while it looked like Rockenfeller would join him near the tail of the field, but the title favorite found speed on his final lap of the session to climb from 18th to second and secure his progress into Q2.

Pos Driver              Team/Car         Time        Gap     1. Bruno Spengler      Schnitzer BMW    1m20.140s      2. Jamie Green         Abt Audi         1m20.263s  +0.123s 3. Augusto Farfus      RBM BMW          1m20.442s  +0.302s 4. Mike Rockenfeller   Phoenix Audi     1m20.444s  +0.304s 5. Dirk Werner         Schnitzer BMW    1m20.229s  Q3 6. Filipe Albuquerque  Rosberg Audi     1m20.306s  Q3 7. Miguel Molina       Phoenix Audi     1m20.371s  Q3 8. Martin Tomczyk      RMG BMW          1m20.467s  Q3 9. Timo Scheider       Abt Audi         1m20.761s  Q310. Adrien Tambay       Abt Audi         1m21.161s  Q311. Robert Wickens      HWA Mercedes     1m21.185s  Q212. Gary Paffett        HWA Mercedes     1m20.333s  Q213. Mattias Ekstrom     Abt Audi         1m21.277s  Q214. Pascal Wehrlein     Mucke Mercedes   1m21.351s  Q215. Marco Wittmann      MTEK BMW         1m21.489s  Q216. Timo Glock          MTEK BMW         1m21.540s  Q217. Edoardo Mortara     Rosberg Audi     1m21.077s  Q118. Joey Hand           RBM BMW          1m21.173s  Q119. Andy Priaulx        RMG BMW          1m21.181s  Q120. Christian Vietoris  HWA Mercedes     1m21.400s  Q121. Roberto Merhi       HWA Mercedes     1m21.517s  Q122. Daniel Juncadella   Mucke Mercedes   1m21.258s  Q1

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