Lausitz DTM: Molina heads Audi 1-2 in Saturday qualfiying

Audi driver Miguel Molina picked up his sixth pole position in the DTM, topping Saturday qualifying at Lausitzring for a second straight year.

Lausitz DTM: Molina heads Audi 1-2 in Saturday qualfiying

Molina set a blistering pace in the first half of the session and, while Jamie Green would manage to lap within a tenth of the Spaniard, neither he nor anybody else could deny Molina pole.

Following two practice sessions in which Mercedes and Audi shared the spoils, then-weekend pacesetter Nico Muller lowered his own benchmark in his first qualifying flyer - but was quickly surpassed by Tom Blomqvist, before Mike Rockenfeller and Christian Vietoris took their respective turns out front.

Muller was back to the lead with his second lap, only for his Audi stablemate Molina to enter the 1m16s margin for the first time this weekend in quite some style - the Spaniard putting in a 1m16.619s, half a second clear of Muller's lap.

Four other drivers managed to go below 1m17s before the halfway point, with BMW driver Marco Wittmann lapping closest to Molina, 0.15s off.

Molina would not improve his time in the second half of the session, but his provisional pole looked in little danger for the most part - although Green did provide a minor scare by stealing P2 on the grid with a lap only 0.077s off.

It would be third place for top BMW man Wittmann, one of two representatives from the Bavarian marque in the top 10.

Mercedes trio Robert Wickens, Lucas Auer and Christian Vietoris took fourth, fifth and sixth, ahead of Mattias Ekstrom (Audi) and Maxime Martin (BMW).

Adrien Tambay and Muller made it an all-Audi row five.

Qualifying results

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1 Miguel Molina Audi 1:16.619  
2 Jamie Green Audi 1:16.696 0.077
3 Marco Wittmann BMW 1:16.771 0.152
4 Robert Wickens Mercedes 1:16.792 0.173
5 Lucas Auer Mercedes 1:16.844 0.225
6 Christian Vietoris Mercedes 1:16.896 0.277
7 Mattias Ekstrom Audi 1:16.901 0.282
8 Maxime Martin BMW 1:16.901 0.282
9 Adrien Tambay Audi 1:16.961 0.342
10 Nico Muller Audi 1:16.993 0.374
11 Edoardo Mortara Audi 1:16.997 0.378
12 Gary Paffett Mercedes 1:17.059 0.440
13 Mike Rockenfeller Audi 1:17.082 0.463
14 Timo Glock BMW 1:17.126 0.507
15 Maximilian Gotz Mercedes 1:17.172 0.553
16 Bruno Spengler BMW 1:17.188 0.569
17 Esteban Ocon Mercedes 1:17.225 0.606
18 Timo Scheider Audi 1:17.228 0.609
19 Tom Blomqvist BMW 1:17.295 0.676
20 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW 1:17.296 0.677
21 Paul di Resta Mercedes 1:17.340 0.721
22 Dani Juncadella Mercedes 1:17.356 0.737
23 Augusto Farfus BMW 1:17.406 0.787
24 Martin Tomczyk BMW 1:17.536 0.917
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