Spielberg DTM: Ekstrom on pole in wet Sunday qualifying

Audi's Mattias Ekstrom clinched his first pole of the season and the 20th of his career for Sunday's DTM race at Spielberg in wet conditions.

Spielberg DTM: Ekstrom on pole in wet Sunday qualifying
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Paul di Resta, HWA AG Mercedes AMG C-Coupé DTM
Pascal Wehrlein, HWA AG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Edoardo Mortara, Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS 5 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Edoardo Mortara, Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS 5 DTM

The weather in Austria was far from ideal as heavy rain splashed across the Red Bull Ring on Sunday morning. Earlier, the warm-up session was red-flagged due to rain.

Drivers queued up in the pitlane for this second qualifying session as everyone wanted to make the most of the slightly better conditions as the rain eased.

At the start of the session, the drivers were clocking in the 1m49s, but by the end of the session they were faster by seven seconds as Ekstrom, on the final lap after the chequered flag fell, went faster by five thousandths of a second from Audi teammate Mike Rockenfeller.

With rain falling towards the end of the session, it looked like Rockenfeller was on course for pole, but Ekstrom brought a perfect lap together to go quicker with a time of 1m42.010s.

Mercedes' Gary Paffett ended the session in third ahead of championship leader Pascal Wehrlein, with Robert Wickens completing the top five.

Several drivers had off moments as they found it difficult in the wet conditions with so much standing water in some of the corners: Rockenfeller, Paul di Resta and Marco Wittmann were some of the drivers to go off but continue.

Yesterday's polesitter Edoardo Mortara managed only sixth for Audi, while Timo Scheider was seventh and Chritsian Vietoris eighth.

Di Resta was looking good for pole at one point but lost time in the final sector which meant he ended only ninth, while Adrien Tambay completed the top 10.

The BMWs struggled all through the session, as Martin Tomczyk was its best-placed car finishing 14th.

It was a disastrous session for Jamie Green, who compounded his exit from the lead of race one and loss of his points lead with 17th-fastest time today.

 Pos Driver  Manufacturer  Time   Gap
1 Mattias Ekstrom Audi 1m42.010  
2 Mike Rockenfeller Audi 1m42.015 0.005
3 Gary Paffett Mercedes 1m42.155 0.145
4 Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1m42.422 0.412
5 Robert Wickens Mercedes 1m42.566 0.556
6 Edoardo Mortara Audi 1m42.659 0.649
7 Timo Scheider Audi 1m42.849 0.839
8 Christian Vietoris Mercedes 1m42.853 0.843
9 Paul di Resta Mercedes 1m43.064 1.054
10 Adrien Tambay Audi 1m43.155 1.145
11 Nico Muller Audi 1m43.251 1.241
12 Maximilian Gotz Mercedes 1m43.604 1.594
13 Dani Juncadella Mercedes 1m43.651 1.641
14 Martin Tomczyk BMW 1m43.743 1.733
15 Maxime Martin BMW 1m43.772 1.762
16 Lucas Auer Mercedes 1m44.110 2.100
17 Jamie Green Audi 1m44.192 2.182
18 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW 1m44.251 2.241
19 Miguel Molina Audi 1m44.419 2.409
20 Bruno Spengler BMW 1m44.509 2.499
21 Marco Wittmann BMW 1m44.707 2.697
22 Tom Blomqvist BMW 1m44.830 2.820
23 Augusto Farfus BMW 1m44.983 2.973
24 Timo Glock BMW 1m45.348 3.338

 

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