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Misano DTM: Di Resta dominates wet qualifying

Mercedes driver Paul di Resta will start DTM's first night race from pole position as he topped Saturday qualifying at Misano by half a second.

Misano DTM: Di Resta dominates wet qualifying

The session was held under wet conditions, the top time constantly falling during the session with Rene Rast taking the early lead with a 1m50.579s - but the pole time eventually ended up over three seconds faster.

It was Rast who spent most of the time in the lead, and he was also first with six minutes on the clock when he went three tenths faster than Lucas Auer.

But he was then demoted by di Resta with a 1m47.382s and Rast's subsequent improvement fell 0.039s short.

Edoardo Mortara came even closer, only 0.002s behind the Scotsman as the chequered flag fell, only for di Resta to go half a second quicker and end up topping the session with a 1m46.854s.

Mortara completed a Mercedes 1-2 as Audi man Rast ended up third.

Gary Paffett was fourth, losing three points of his points lead over Mercedes stablemate di Resta, the gap shrinking to 26 points.

Timo Glock was the top BMW driver in fifth while Auer brought a fourth Mercedes into the top six.

He beat Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) by 0.006s, as the top 10 was completed by Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes), Augusto Farfus (BMW) and Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes).

BMW's top man in the standings Marco Wittmann was only 15th, while the manufacturer's wildcard Alex Zanardi rounded out the order in 19th.

He was 3.7s slower than di Resta but only nine tenths behind 18th-placed Philipp Eng, who started his session with an off-track excursion at Turn 5.

Qualifying results

Cla Driver Car Laps Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Paul di Resta  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 11 1'46.826  
2 Italy Edoardo Mortara  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 10 1'47.295 0.469
3 Germany René Rast  Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'47.401 0.575
4 United Kingdom Gary Paffett  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 12 1'47.434 0.608
5 Germany Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 9 1'47.569 0.743
6 Austria Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 11 1'47.597 0.771
7 Germany Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 12 1'47.603 0.777
8 Germany Pascal Wehrlein  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 12 1'47.645 0.819
9 Brazil Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 11 1'47.654 0.828
10 Spain Daniel Juncadella  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 11 1'47.769 0.943
11 Switzerland Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 12 1'47.850 1.024
12 Netherlands Robin Frijns  Audi RS5 DTM 12 1'48.115 1.289
13 Canada Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 11 1'48.303 1.477
14 France Loic Duval  Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'48.505 1.679
15 Germany Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM 10 1'48.550 1.724
16 Sweden Joel Eriksson  BMW M4 DTM 11 1'48.674 1.848
17 United Kingdom Jamie Green  Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'49.383 2.557
18 Austria Philipp Eng  BMW M4 DTM 10 1'49.631 2.805
19 Alessandro Zanardi  BMW M4 DTM 10 1'50.571 3.745
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