Brands Hatch DTM: Juncadella leads all-Mercedes front row

Daniel Juncadella secured pole position for the opening DTM race of the weekend at Brands Hatch, leading an all-Mercedes front row ahead of Lucas Auer.

Brands Hatch DTM: Juncadella leads all-Mercedes front row

Juncadella snatched his second pole of the 2018 DTM campaign with a late lap of 1m18.069s around Brands Hatch's Grand Prix layout, enough to edge out stablemate Auer by 0.092s at the end of the 20-minute session.

It had been Auer that held the lead heading into the final five minutes, ahead of BMW's practice pacesetter Augusto Farfus, before Juncadella leapt to the head of the order with less than a minute left on the clock.

Auer improved thereafter but not by enough to beat the Spaniard, while reigning champion Rene Rast's final lap was good enough to put him third, a further tenth behind in the best of the Audis.

Philipp Eng led the BMW charge in fourth, just 0.002s behind Rast, while Farfus slipped to fifth in the closing stages.

Points leader Gary Paffett suffered an off at Paddock Hill in the first part of the session, glancing the barrier, but the Mercedes driver avoided major damage and was able to set the sixth-fastest time when he returned to the track.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock spun off at Surtees at the very end of the session, bringing out the yellow flags, but had set a time good enough for seventh.

Edoardo Mortara (Mercedes), Marco Wittmann (BMW) and Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes) completed the top 10.

Rast was the only Audi driver to breach the top 10, with the Ingolstadt marque's next-best placed representative being Robin Frijns in 11th place.

Jamie Green's struggles continued at his home track, the series veteran qualifying on the back row alongside BMW man Bruno Spengler.

Qualifying results:

Pos. # Driver Car Time Gap
1 23 Spain Daniel Juncadella  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'18.069  
2 22 Austria Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'18.161 0.092
3 33 Germany René Rast  Audi RS5 DTM 1'18.255 0.186
4 25 Austria Philipp Eng  BMW M4 DTM 1'18.257 0.188
5 15 Brazil Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 1'18.365 0.296
6 2 United Kingdom Gary Paffett  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'18.398 0.329
7 16 Germany Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 1'18.407 0.338
8 48 Italy Edoardo Mortara  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'18.422 0.353
9 11 Germany Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM 1'18.443 0.374
10 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'18.444 0.375
11 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns  Audi RS5 DTM 1'18.530 0.461
12 3 United Kingdom Paul di Resta  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'18.625 0.556
13 51 Switzerland Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'18.644 0.575
14 28 France Loic Duval  Audi RS5 DTM 1'18.695 0.626
15 99 Germany Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'18.746 0.677
16 47 Sweden Joel Eriksson  BMW M4 DTM 1'18.755 0.686
17 53 United Kingdom Jamie Green  Audi RS5 DTM 1'18.799 0.730
18 7 Canada Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 1'19.385 1.316
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