Hockenheim DTM: Martin bags pole as title contenders struggle

Maxime Martin took pole position for Saturday's first race of the DTM title decider at Hockenheim, as the title contenders all struggled to make an impact.

Hockenheim DTM: Martin bags pole as title contenders struggle
Maxime Martin, BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM
Maxime Martin, BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM
Pascal Wehrlein, HWA AG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Pascal Wehrlein, HWA AG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Bruno Spengler, BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM

BMW driver Martin deposed Miguel Molina from the top spot with just over five minutes to run in the 20-minute session, setting a time of 1m32.637s to edge out the Audi driver by just under a tenth.

Nobody else was able to top Martin's time for the remainder, Audi's Timo Scheider coming closest with a 1m32.711s in the dying stages to bump teammate Molina down to third.

Paul di Resta had topped the timesheets early on but slumped to fourth as the session progressed, four hundredths slower than Molina, nonetheless ending up as top Mercedes driver.

Audi duo Jamie Green and Mike Rockenfeller completed the top half-dozen, with Mattias Ekstrom the best of the title contenders in seventh.

Edoardo Mortara, who is a point ahead of Ekstrom in the standings but 37 behind Pascal Wehrlein, starts behind the Swede in ninth, one place behind Tom Blomqvist and one ahead of Lucas Auer.

Wehrlein, meanwhile, struggled to hook up a consistent lap, his best effort at one stage putting him ninth, but his failure to improve on his last flyer eventually left the points leader down in 13th.

The fourth and final title contender Bruno Spengler had a disastrous session, abandoning his last lap and winding up down in 18th.

Qualifying results:

Pos. Driver Car Time Gap
Maxime Martin BMW 1'32.637  
Timo Scheider Audi 1'32.711 0.074
Miguel Molina Audi 1'32.726 0.089
Paul Di Resta Mercedes 1'32.766 0.129
Jamie Green Audi 1'32.790 0.153
Mike Rockenfeller Audi 1'32.793 0.156
Mattias Ekström Audi 1'32.795 0.158
Tom Blomqvist BMW 1'32.808 0.171
Edoardo Mortara Audi 1'32.820 0.183
10  Lucas Auer Mercedes 1'32.828 0.191
11  Antonio Felix da Costa BMW 1'32.847 0.210
12  Gary Paffett Mercedes 1'32.889 0.252
13  Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1'32.892 0.255
14  Augusto Farfus BMW 1'32.905 0.268
15  Adrien Tambay Audi 1'32.989 0.352
16  Marco Wittmann BMW 1'33.041 0.404
17  Maximilian Gotz Mercedes 1'33.072 0.435
18  Bruno Spengler BMW 1'33.089 0.452
19  Robert Wickens Mercedes 1'33.165 0.528
20  Nico Muller Audi 1'33.283 0.646
21  Timo Glock BMW 1'33.382 0.745
22  Martin Tomczyk BMW 1'33.407 0.770
23  Dani Juncadella Mercedes 1'33.511 0.874
24  Christian Vietoris Mercedes 1'33.531 0.894

 

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