Norisring DTM: Ekstrom quickest but Blomqvist takes pole

Audi's Mattias Ekstrom posted the best lap of DTM Sunday qualifying at the Norisring, but his grid penalty means BMW's Tom Blomqvist will line up on pole instead.

Norisring DTM: Ekstrom quickest but Blomqvist takes pole
Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Paul Di Resta, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Lucas Auer, Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Nico Müller, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM

Ekstrom had picked up a three-place grid drop for hitting Mercedes' leading duo Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens in the Saturday race, a move that effectively resulted in victory for stablemate Edoardo Mortara.

While nobody had dipped into the 47s margin on Friday or Saturday, it took little time for that goal to be checked off Sunday qualifying - Marco Wittmann doing a 47.967s.

Shortly thereafter, Lucas Auer surpassed that mark by 0.007s, before a 47.877s lap from Paul di Resta gave the ex-F1 driver the lead at halfway point in the session.

Unlike in Saturday qualifying, however, the mid-session benchmark would prove insufficient for pole.

Late on in the session, Ekstrom set the new best lap with a 47.804s, before Tom Blomqvist moved up to second on the timing screens with a lap 0.016s off, ensuring that he would get pole position after having started 20th on Saturday.

Di Resta, who did not improve in the late running, had to settle for a front-row start - and had four other drivers within a quarter of a tenth of his time.

Nico Muller was closest and will thus start third, sharing row two with Audi stablemate Ekstrom.

Auer ended up fifth, ahead of Maxime Martin and Wickens, the top seven split by just a tenth.

Adrien Tambay, Mortara and Wittmann made up the top 10.

It was a qualifying to forget for two Saturday frontrunners, with Vietoris having to settle for P15 and runner-up Jamie Green joining him on row eight.

Qualifying results

Pos.DriverCarTimeGap
1 Mattias Ekström Audi RS5 DTM 47.804  
2 Tom Blomqvist BMW M4 DTM 47.820 0.016
3 Paul di Resta Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 47.877 0.073
4 Nico Müller Audi RS5 DTM 47.889 0.085
5 Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 47.891 0.087
6 Maxime Martin BMW M4 DTM 47.895 0.091
7 Robert Wickens Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 47.902 0.098
8 Adrien Tambay Audi RS5 DTM 47.947 0.143
9 Edoardo Mortara Audi RS5 DTM 47.953 0.149
10 Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM 47.967 0.163
11 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW M4 DTM 47.996 0.192
12 Maximilian Götz Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.029 0.225
13 Timo Scheider Audi RS5 DTM 48.032 0.228
14 Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM 48.044 0.240
15 Christian Vietoris Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.046 0.242
16 Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 48.050 0.246
17 Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 DTM 48.083 0.279
18 Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.089 0.285
19 Esteban Ocon Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.101 0.297
20 Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.110 0.306
21 Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM 48.119 0.315
22 Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM 48.129 0.325
23 Miguel Molina Audi RS5 DTM 48.139 0.335
24 Martin Tomczyk BMW M4 DTM 48.249 0.445

 

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