Lausitz DTM: Eng beats Wehrlein to score maiden pole

BMW rookie Philipp Eng took pole position for the second race of the DTM weekend at the Lausitzring, narrowly beating ex-Sauber Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein.

Lausitz DTM: Eng beats Wehrlein to score maiden pole

Eng – who led Saturday’s race after missing out on pole by just 0.007s and eventually finished third behind winner Edoardo Mortara and Timo Glock – set a blistering lap of 1m38.150s in the first runs.

Unlike in Saturday qualifying, drivers struggled to improve on their final runs this time and Eng bailed out of his final lap when his pole was confirmed.

Mercedes driver Wehrlein took his best qualifying spot so far on his return with second, having been one of the few drivers to improve in the final shootout which duly kicked off with four minutes left in the session.

Wehrlein – the 2015 series champion – was just 0.026s adrift of Eng, with a rejuvenated Gary Paffett in third place.

Paffett's first run was good enough – despite a wild sideways moment at Turn 7 – to put him on the second row alongside BMW’s 2014 and 2016 champion Marco Wittmann.

Audi's Mike Rockenfeller looked set to challenge for pole on his second run thanks to a best overall first sector and a strong middle, but the last sector let him down.

He had to settle for fifth, albeit outperforming the next best Audi by eight positions.

Saturday's winner Mortara will start one spot higher than he did in Race 1 after placing sixth, while BMW rookie Joel Eriksson heads Lucas Auer on row four.

Daniel Juncadella finally made a breakthrough in qualifying having struggled to switch his tyres on so far this season, and took ninth for Mercedes ahead of Saturday’s second-place man Timo Glock.

Ex-Force India and Williams Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta was the biggest shock of the session, only managing 15th out of 17 cars, as Audis made up the rest of the bottom five spots.

Session results

Cla#DriverCarLapsTimeGap
1 25 austria Philipp Eng BMW M4 DTM 8 1'38.150  
2 94 germany Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 9 1'38.176 0.026
3 2 united_kingdom Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 8 1'38.218 0.068
4 11 germany Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM 9 1'38.283 0.133
5 99 germany Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 DTM 9 1'38.376 0.226
6 48 italy Edoardo Mortara Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 8 1'38.538 0.388
7 47 sweden Joel Eriksson BMW M4 DTM 9 1'38.556 0.406
8 22 austria Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 10 1'38.566 0.416
9 23 spain Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 8 1'38.658 0.508
10 16 germany Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM 9 1'38.673 0.523
11 7 canada Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM 8 1'38.675 0.525
12 15 brazil Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM 8 1'38.710 0.560
13 51 switzerland Nico Müller Audi RS5 DTM 10 1'38.743 0.593
14 4 netherlands Robin Frijns Audi RS5 DTM 10 1'38.756 0.606
15 3 united_kingdom Paul di Resta Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 9 1'38.853 0.703
16 53 united_kingdom Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 10 1'38.874 0.724
17 28 france Loic Duval Audi RS5 DTM 9 1'38.884 0.734

 

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Series DTM
Event Lausitzring
Location EuroSpeedway Lausitz
Drivers Philipp Eng , Pascal Wehrlein , Gary Paffett
Author Jack Benyon
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