Norisring DTM: Vietoris beats Audi duo to Saturday pole

Mercedes driver Christian Vietoris saw off Audi duo Mattias Ekstrom and Jamie Green to claim pole for the Saturday race at the Norisring.

Norisring DTM: Vietoris beats Audi duo to Saturday pole
Christian Vietoris, Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Christian Vietoris, Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Christian Vietoris, Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM

Vietoris, who was also on pole for the Saturday race at the venue last year, established an early lead and would go unmatched until the chequered flag.

At the start of the session, Robert Wickens' best lap from Friday practice was quickly surpassed by Paul di Resta, only for the Canadian to respond by going two tenths clear with a 48.288s.

But that was only the beginning of it - after Wickens improved further to a 48.250s, Vietoris made it 48.226s, only for Ekstrom to disrupt the Mercedes dominance, going six thousandths in the clear.

However, Vietoris improved to first a 48.188s and then a 48.144s, ensuring that he would enter the pits for the mid-session tyre change as the clear leader.

The German did not improve his laptime over the rest of the session, but his existing lap proved enough for pole.

Ekstrom settled for second, with his Audi stablemate Green taking third place, the duo within just half a tenth of Vietoris.

Wickens, who had won two of the three most recent DTM races at the Norisring, settled for fourth, with Bruno Spengler an impressive fifth as the only BMW in the top 10.

Edoardo Mortara demoted di Resta to seventh with a late lap, with Lucas Auer, Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Muller making up the first five rows.

Saturday qualifying

Pos.DriverCarTime
1 Christian Vietoris Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.144
2 Mattias Ekström Audi RS5 DTM 48.182
3 Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 48.194
4 Robert Wickens Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.250
5 Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM 48.257
6 Edoardo Mortara Audi RS5 DTM 48.305
7 Paul di Resta Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.312
8 Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.342
9 Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 DTM 48.352
10 Nico Muller Audi RS5 DTM 48.357
11 Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM 48.360
12 Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM 48.362
13 Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM 48.376
14 Maxime Martin BMW M4 DTM 48.389
15 Adrien Tambay Audi RS5 DTM 48.393
16 Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.430
17 Maximilian Götz Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.445
18 Miguel Molina Audi RS5 DTM 48.464
19 Timo Scheider Audi RS5 DTM 48.491
20 Tom Blomqvist BMW M4 DTM 48.500
21 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW M4 DTM 48.526
22 Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.538
23 Martin Tomczyk BMW M4 DTM 48.544
24 Esteban Ocon Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 48.574
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