Moscow DTM: Wittmann takes pole after Martin crashes

DTM title contender Marco Wittmann struck back after a disastrous Saturday showing to claim pole position for the Sunday race at Moscow Raceway.

Moscow DTM: Wittmann takes pole after Martin crashes
Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Maxime Martin, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Maxime Martin, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM

Wittmann, who gave up the points lead after finishing 19th in the rain in Race 1, led home a BMW 1-2-3, as teammate and erstwhile session leader Maxime Martin crashed out.

The benchmark of the weekend so far, set by Wittmann in Saturday morning practice, fell instantly in qualifying, as Martin logged a 1m29,397s with his first effort.

That lap was soon surpassed by points leader Robert Wickens, only for Martin to respond with a 1m29.160s, 0.02s clear of the Canadian.

Shortly after the halfway point, Martin lowered the benchmark to 1m29.027s and then crashed out at Turn 7, losing control of his BMW over a small incline heading into the corner.

The Belgian made contact with the tyre barrier at a reasonably high speed and the session ended up red-flagged for around 10 minutes, as Martin climbed out of the car and it was cleared away.

Martin's time remained good enough for provisional pole until Wittmann recorded a 1m28.776s with two minutes to go.

Tom Blomqvist then moved up to second, a tenth off the pace, but Martin would get to keep third place.

Wickens, who won Saturday's race, was the lead Mercedes in fourth, with Bruno Spengler in fifth and Dani Juncadella recording his best qualifying result of the season with sixth.

BMW duo Augusto Farfus and Timo Glock will occupy row four in seventh and eighth, while Mercedes drivers Maximilian Gotz and Lucas Auer completed the top 10.

It was a terrible session for Audi, the manufacturer's best grid position coming courtesy of Nico Muller in P13.

The Ingolstadt marque's two main championship contenders - Edoardo Mortara and Jamie Green - were P18 and P20.

UPDATE: Third-place finisher Martin was excluded from qualifying for infringing parc ferme rules and will thus start at the back - with championship leader Wickens promoted to P3.

Qualifying results

Pos.#DriverCarTimeGap
1 11 Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM 1'28.776  
2 31 Tom Blomqvist BMW M4 DTM 1'28.878 0.102
3 6 Robert Wickens Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'29.180 0.404
4 7 Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM 1'29.371 0.595
5 12 Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'29.397 0.621
6 18 Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM 1'29.411 0.635
7 16 Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM 1'29.522 0.746
8 84 Maximilian Götz Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'29.604 0.828
9 22 Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'29.650 0.874
10 13 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW M4 DTM 1'29.759 0.983
11 3 Paul di Resta Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'29.760 0.984
12 51 Nico Müller Audi RS5 DTM 1'29.768 0.992
13 88 Felix Rosenqvist Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'29.811 1.035
14 5 Mattias Ekström Audi RS5 DTM 1'29.812 1.036
15 17 Miguel Molina Audi RS5 DTM 1'29.815 1.039
16 8 Christian Vietoris Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'29.935 1.159
17 48 Edoardo Mortara Audi RS5 DTM 1'29.987 1.211
18 27 Adrien Tambay Audi RS5 DTM 1'30.057 1.281
19 53 Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 1'30.081 1.305
20 99 Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 DTM 1'30.114 1.338
21 2 Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'30.122 1.346
22 100 Martin Tomczyk BMW M4 DTM 1'30.158 1.382
23 10 Timo Scheider Audi RS5 DTM 1'30.424 1.648
EX 36 Maxime Martin BMW M4 DTM 1'29.027 0.251

 

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Series DTM
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Location Moscow Raceway
Drivers Tom Blomqvist , Marco Wittmann , Maxime Martin
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
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