Lausitzring DTM: Auer leads Mercedes 1-2 in first qualifying

Lucas Auer took his second DTM pole of the season in the Saturday qualifying at Lausitzring.

Lausitzring DTM: Auer leads Mercedes 1-2 in first qualifying
Lucas Auer, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Maxime Martin, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM
René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM

The Austrian, who built a 14-point championship lead in the season opener at Hockenheim, set a time of 1m16.193s in the late stages of the 20-minute session.

Auer was second after the first part of the session, but just a hundredth behind Audi's Rene Rast.

Robert Wickens went on to take the lead as the final flyers began, but Auer lowered the top 2016 Mercedes driver's benchmark by a tenth.

Wickens settled for second followed by the top drivers of the other two manufacturers, Maxime Martin of BMW and Rast.

Martin grabbed third with a late flyer by just 0.016s, as Rast himself was narrowly ahead of Timo Glock and Tom Blomqvist.

Audi duo Nico Muller and Mike Rockenfeller were seventh and eighth respectively, as the top 10 was rounded out by Gary Paffett and Edoardo Mortara.

All 18 cars were within less than a second, as Bruno Spengler in the last position set a time of 1m17.097s, only him and Paul di Resta failing to make it into the 1m16s.

UPDATE: Jamie Green was disqualified for using a tyre that was not assigned to him but his teammate Rast, and lost his 12th pace on the grid.

Qualifying results

ClaDriverCarTimeGap
1 austria Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'16.193  
2 canada Robert Wickens  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'16.298 0.105
3 belgium Maxime Martin  BMW M4 DTM 1'16.404 0.211
4 germany René Rast  Audi RS5 DTM 1'16.420 0.227
5 germany Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 1'16.424 0.231
6 united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist  BMW M4 DTM 1'16.473 0.280
7 switzerland Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'16.484 0.291
8 germany Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'16.506 0.313
9 united_kingdom Gary Paffett  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'16.510 0.317
10 italy Edoardo Mortara  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'16.542 0.349
11 germany Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM 1'16.551 0.358
12 sweden Mattias Ekström  Audi RS5 DTM 1'16.751 0.558
13 germany Maro Engel  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'16.775 0.582
14 brazil Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 1'16.804 0.611
15 france Loic Duval  Audi RS5 DTM 1'16.981 0.788
16 united_kingdom Paul di Resta  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'17.020 0.827
17 canada Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 1'17.097 0.904
DSQ united_kingdom Jamie Green  Audi RS5 DTM 1'16.560 0.367
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