Blomqvist disqualified, Spengler inherits Moscow DTM pole

Bruno Spengler will start the Sunday Moscow DTM race from pole position after the disqualification of fellow BMW driver Tom Blomqvist, who initially topped qualifying.

Blomqvist disqualified, Spengler inherits Moscow DTM pole

Blomqvist had beaten Spengler by 0.061s in the Sunday pole shootout, moving up from the outside of the top 10 to first place at the chequered flag.

But the Anglo-Swede, who sits 15th in the championship standings, will now be denied the chance to line up on pole for what would've been the second time in 2017.

A decision from the stewards of the meeting has seen Blomqvist moved to the back of the grid, as their findings read: “After qualifying for race 2, it was not possible to get the required 1.0kg of residual fuel out of car #31.”

In a social media post, Blomqvist said the reason for his disqualification was a “fuel miscalculation”.

 

The sanction means BMW has lost a 1-2 on the grid for the race, with new pole-sitter Spengler joined on the front row by Audi's Mattias Ekstrom.

Audi's championship leader Rene Rast will move up to third, with Mercedes' top driver in qualifying, Paul di Resta, making up row two.

Amended Race 2 grid

Pos.DriverCarTimeGap
1 canada Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 1'26.579 0.061
2 sweden Mattias Ekström  Audi RS5 DTM 1'26.582 0.064
3 germany René Rast  Audi RS5 DTM 1'26.735 0.217
4 united_kingdom Paul di Resta  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'26.887 0.369
5 germany Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 1'26.902 0.384
6 germany Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM 1'26.910 0.392
7 belgium Maxime Martin  BMW M4 DTM 1'26.937 0.419
8 france Loic Duval  Audi RS5 DTM 1'26.946 0.428
9 united_kingdom Gary Paffett  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'27.113 0.595
10 canada Robert Wickens  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'27.230 0.712
11 brazil Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 1'27.230 0.712
12 austria Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'27.230 0.712
13 switzerland Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'27.258 0.740
14 germany Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'27.303 0.785
15 united_kingdom Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 1'27.168 0.650
16 italy Edoardo Mortara  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'27.332 0.814
17 germany Maro Engel  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'27.477 0.959
18 united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist BMW M4 DTM    

 

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