Norisring DTM: Blomqvist edges Wickens for Sunday pole

BMW driver Tom Blomqvist grabbed pole position for the second DTM race of the weekend at the Norisring.

Norisring DTM: Blomqvist edges Wickens for Sunday pole
Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Nico Müller, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
Nico Müller, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM

The Anglo-Swede, who lies down in 15th place in the standings after a dismal start to the season, emerged on top in his RMR BMW after pole position had changed hands three times within a matter of a seconds in the closing stages of the session.

Blomqvist did enough to pip Mercedes’ Robert Wickens by just 0.004 seconds, with Audi’s Nico Muller ensuring that all three of the DTM’s manufacturers are represented in the leading trio.

Mattias Ekstrom headed the field after the first runs in his Audi from the Mercedes of free-practice pacesetter Lucas Auer.

But neither Ekstrom nor Auer was able to improve after their teams had bolted on their second sets of Hankook tyres.

First it was Saturday winner Bruno Spengler who lowered Ekstrom’s pole time, followed in rapid succession by Wickens and Blomqvist, while Muller subsequently also beat Spengler’s time.

Spengler will therefore line his BMW up in fourth position, followed by Ekstrom and Auer.

Maxime Martin, second in Saturday’s race for BMW, will start from seventh on the grid, with the Audi of Mike Rockenfeller sharing the fourth row.

The top 10 was completed by Timo Glock’s BMW and the Audi of Rene Rast.

Qualifying results

Pos.#DriverCarLapsTimeGap
1 31 united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist BMW M4 DTM 20 47.252  
2 6 canada Robert Wickens Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 20 47.256 0.004
3 51 switzerland Nico Müller Audi RS5 DTM 21 47.289 0.037
4 7 canada Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM 20 47.305 0.053
5 5 sweden Mattias Ekström Audi RS5 DTM 20 47.329 0.077
6 22 austria Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 22 47.344 0.092
7 36 belgium Maxime Martin BMW M4 DTM 22 47.355 0.103
8 99 germany Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 DTM 21 47.395 0.143
9 16 germany Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM 19 47.400 0.148
10 33 germany René Rast Audi RS5 DTM 20 47.414 0.162
11 2 united_kingdom Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 21 47.495 0.243
12 11 germany Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM 20 47.503 0.251
13 3 united_kingdom Paul di Resta Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 23 47.510 0.258
14 53 united_kingdom Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 23 47.526 0.274
15 15 brazil Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM 21 47.534 0.282
16 48 italy Edoardo Mortara Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 23 47.612 0.360
17 77 france Loic Duval Audi RS5 DTM 22 47.814 0.562
18 63 germany Maro Engel Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 23 47.890 0.638

 

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