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Zandvoort DTM: Farfus on pole as BMW sweeps top three

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Zandvoort DTM: Farfus on pole as BMW sweeps top three
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Aug 20, 2017, 10:33 AM

Augusto Farfus took his first DTM pole since 2015 in Sunday's second qualifying session at Zandvoort, as BMW drivers once again locked out the top three positions.

Timo Glock's Saturday pole benchmark of 1m27.823 was beaten almost immediately, with Jamie Green briefly holding provisional pole on a 1m27.673s before being bested by Farfus on a 1m27.475s.

At the halfway point, Farfus led an all BMW-top three ahead of Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin, with Audi man Green the best of the rest in fourth.

With none of the top six improving their times on their second runs, it meant Farfus took his first DTM pole since Oschersleben in 2015, 0.141s up on Wittmann and 0.167s ahead of Martin.

Behind fourth-placed Green, Glock set the fifth-fastest time before getting baulked by Mercedes driver Edoardo Mortara at Scheivlak, prompting the German to label Mortara a "f***ing idiot" over team radio.

The incident is under investigation by the stewards.

Points leader Rene Rast joins Glock on the third row, followed by the Audi of Mike Rockenfeller and the lead Mercedes of Gary Paffett in seventh and eighth.

Title contenders Mattias Ekstrom and Lucas Auer both had low-key sessions, ending up outside the top 10 in 12th and 13th respectively, both more than six tenths off the pace.

Paul di Resta failed to set a lap at all after experiencing technical problems, and will line up 18th and last, sharing the back row with Mercedes stablemate Mortara.

UPDATE: Paffett was sent to the back of the grid for using a tyre that had been allocated for use in practice but not qualifying - meaning Maro Engel will now be the top Mercedes on the grid in ninth.

Mortara was also handed a five-place grid penalty for impeding Green, which he will serve in the next DTM round at the Nurburgring.

Q2 results:

Pos.DriverCarTimeGap
1 brazil Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 1'27.475  
2 germany Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM 1'27.616 0.141
3 belgium Maxime Martin  BMW M4 DTM 1'27.642 0.167
4 united_kingdom Jamie Green  Audi RS5 DTM 1'27.673 0.198
5 germany Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 1'27.690 0.215
6 germany René Rast  Audi RS5 DTM 1'27.832 0.357
7 germany Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'27.892 0.417
8 canada Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 1'27.991 0.516
9 germany Maro Engel  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'28.004 0.529
10 canada Robert Wickens  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'28.037 0.562
11 sweden Mattias Ekström  Audi RS5 DTM 1'28.089 0.614
12 austria Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'28.260 0.785
13 united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist  BMW M4 DTM 1'28.292 0.817
14 france Loic Duval  Audi RS5 DTM 1'28.302 0.827
15 switzerland Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'28.439 0.964
16 italy Edoardo Mortara  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'28.775 1.300
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Series DTM
Event Zandvoort
Location Zandvoort
Drivers Augusto Farfus
Author Jamie Klein