Zandvoort DTM: Wickens sees off Wittmann and Vietoris for pole

Mercedes driver Robert Wickens took his fourth pole position in the DTM in Saturday qualifying at Zandvoort.

Zandvoort DTM: Wickens sees off Wittmann and Vietoris for pole
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Christian Vietoris, Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Edoardo Mortara, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM

The Canadian led home a Mercedes 1-3-4, with championship leader Marco Wittmann booking a front-row spot for BMW.

Wickens was the first driver to put in a representative time in the 20-minute session and his 1m31.482s was immediately better than the practice benchmark of Mercedes stablemate Gary Paffett.

Antonio Felix da Costa would soon go a tenth better than Wickens, the Portuguese driver's lap remaining good enough for provisional pole for much of the session.

However, as drivers went out for their second runs late on in the session, the pace was upped drastically.

First, Maximilian Gotz - who had spun rear-first into the barriers earlier in qualifying - deposed Felix da Costa by 0.001s, only for Adrien Tambay to go quicker - before Jamie Green posted the first sub-1m31s lap of the weekend at 1m30.953s.

Wittmann shaved a few hundredths off that time shortly thereafter, before Wickens lapped in a 1m30.727s that secure his pole position.

Christian Vietoris briefly moved up to second in the closing stages, only for Wittmann to retake the spot after the chequered flag, coming up 0.116s short of Wickens.

Paffett took fourth, ahead of leading Audi duo Jamie Green and Edoardo Mortara, with Esteban Ocon seventh.

Felix da Costa, Mattias Ekstrom and Timo Glock made up the top 10.

Qualifying results

Pos.DriverVoitureTimeGap
1  Robert Wickens    Mercedes 1'30.727  
2  Marco Wittmann    BMW  1'30.843 0.116
3  Christian Vietoris    Mercedes 1'30.857 0.130
4  Gary Paffett    Mercedes 1'30.947 0.220
5  Jamie Green    Audi  1'30.953 0.226
6  Edoardo Mortara    Audi  1'31.099 0.372
7  Esteban Ocon    Mercedes 1'31.144 0.417
8  António Félix da Costa    BMW  1'31.149 0.422
9  Mattias Ekström    Audi  1'31.164 0.437
10  Timo Glock    BMW  1'31.173 0.446
11  Adrien Tambay    Audi 1'31.217 0.490
12  Maxime Martin    BMW  1'31.281 0.554
13  Daniel Juncadella    Mercedes 1'31.327 0.600
14  Mike Rockenfeller    Audi  1'31.341 0.614
15  Maximilian Götz    Mercedes 1'31.389 0.662
16  Martin Tomczyk    BMW  1'31.395 0.668
17  Bruno Spengler    BMW  1'31.626 0.899
18  Miguel Molina    Audi  1'31.665 0.938
19  Timo Scheider    Audi  1'31.672 0.945
20  Paul di Resta    Mercedes 1'31.725 0.998
21  Lucas Auer    Mercedes 1'31.741 1.014
22  Tom Blomqvist    BMW  1'31.822 1.095
23  Nico Müller    Audi  1'31.872 1.145
24  Augusto Farfus    BMW  1'31.911 1.184 

 

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