DTM Norisring: Red Bull's Fraga beats Bortolotti to Sunday pole

Felipe Fraga secured his first DTM pole position at the Norisring, as the Red Bull Ferrari driver pipped Group B pacesetter Mirko Bortolotti in his later Group A session.

DTM Norisring: Red Bull's Fraga beats Bortolotti to Sunday pole

Fraga, who retired from race one following a heavy hit from Esteban Muth at a restart, becomes the eighth different polesitter from as many races as he outpaced two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann's Walkenhorst BMW by 0.174s in the faster of the two 20-minute qualifying sessions.

These were run in reverse order to Saturday, as the series organisers split the field into two groups around the short 1.429-mile track based on their pre-event championship positions, with odd numbers in Group A and even numbers in Group B.

Brazilian driver Fraga set two laps good enough for pole, improving on his 48.861s effort with a later 48.717s that just shaded the 48.785s posted by Bortolotti (Grasser Lamborghini) to head Group B.
Bortolotti, who lost his qualifying times from race one for not presenting himself to be weighed after the session, will therefore start second ahead of Wittmann.

Fraga's new teammate Ayhancan Guven again shone in qualifying, the series debutante again setting the second-fastest time in Group B behind Bortolotti, but he will start seventh due to a three-place grid penalty for contact with Lucas Auer in race one.

The Turkish driver, who is standing in for Nick Cassidy while the Kiwi is on Formula E duty in Marrakech, told Motorsport.com that the incident came after his car had already been deranged by contact when he accidentally engaged the full course yellow button on his steering wheel at Turn 1.

With Guven dropping back, race one winner Thomas Preining (Team Bernhard Porsche) is therefore promoted to fourth ahead of defending champion Maximilian Gotz (Winward Mercedes) and three-time champion Rene Rast (Abt Audi) as six different manufacturers fill as many positions.

In the opening Group B session, Guven set the early pace and headed the order at the session's halfway point.

Race one runner-up Dennis Olsen briefly seized the initiative, only for Guven to snatch back the top spot. But both were then beaten by the marauding Bortolotti, whose time went unchallenged to the end of the session.

Gotz moved up to third ahead of Olsen, who will start eighth despite the Porsche carrying an additional 10 kilos following a Balance of Performance tweak.

Audi also received five kilos of additional weight, and race one poleman Kelvin van der Linde could only manage the tenth-quickest time of Group B in his Abt machine.

In Group A, Preining showed no signs of being slowed by his extra weight as he duelled with Fraga for top spot early in the session, the pair split by just 0.007s at the halfway stage.

Preining posted the first sub-49s lap, but that effort was beaten by Wittmann and then Fraga - who had been shuffled briefly back to fourth.

Championship leader Sheldon van der Linde will start ninth, alongside Schubert Motorsport BMW teammate Philipp Eng.

Muth and Franck Perera's cars have been withdrawn from the meeting following their heavy crash in race one, which was among the numerous incidents that have caused leading paddock figures to call for greater "respect" from drivers in race two.

Laurens Vanthoor had been due to start 18th in the second SSR Performance Porsche, but has been demoted to the back of the grid because his fire extinguishing system was not connected.

DTM Norisring - Qualifying results:

Group B:

Cla   Nº   Driver   Car / Engine   Time   Delay 
63  Mirko Bortolotti Lamborghini 48.785  
37  Ayhancan Guven Ferrari 48.963 0.178
Maximilian Götz Mercedes 48.995 0.210
94  Dennis Olsen Porsche 49.019 0.234
25  Philipp Eng BMW 49.087 0.302
Ricardo Feller Audi 49.091 0.306
22  Lucas Auer Mercedes 49.141 0.356
Luca Stolz Mercedes 49.142 0.357
92  Laurens Vanthoor Porsche 49.153 0.368
10  K.van der Linde Audi 49.161 0.376
11  55  Mikaël Grenier Mercedes 49.277 0.492
12  66  Marius Zug Audi 49.592 0.807

Group A:

 Cla   Nº   Driver   Car / Engine   Time   Gap 
74  Felipe Fraga Ferrari 48.717  
11  Marco Wittmann BMW 48.891 0.174
24  Thomas Preining Porsche 48.906 0.189
33  René Rast Audi 48.949 0.232
31  S.van der Linde BMW 48.995 0.278
36  Arjun Maini Mercedes 49.006 0.289
88  Maro Engel Mercedes 49.049 0.332
51  Nico Müller Audi 49.106 0.389
85  Clemens Schmid Lamborghini 49.157 0.440
10  18  Maximilian Buhk Mercedes 49.167 0.450
11  27  David Schumacher Mercedes 49.326 0.609
12  12  Dev Gore Audi 49.637 0.920
13  Alessio Deledda Lamborghini 50.287 1.570
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