Pole winner's BMW M3 failed post-qualifying technical inspection! Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller inherits pole.
Martin Tomczyk wasn’t able to celebrate his maiden pole position for BMW for too long. After his fastest time in qualifying for the second DTM season round at Brands Hatch, it was found in scrutineering of his car that the 2011 champion’s BMW M3 DTM was underweight. As a result, the stewards of the meeting excluded the 31-year old from qualifying, but he is allowed to start the race on Sunday (12.30 hrs local time/13.30 hrs CET) from last place on the grid.
Because of Tomczyk’s exclusion, pole position went to Mike Rockenfeller with the Audi RS 5 DTM, who will be starting from first place on the grid for the second time in is DTM career, like in 2011 again at Brands Hatch. Augusto Farfus with the BMW M3 DTM will be lining up alongside Rockenfeller on the front row of the grid. With two further BMWs, Joey Hand and champion Bruno Spengler follow in third and fourth place respectively. As a result of Tomczyk’s exclusion, the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver, Gary Paffett, moves up to eleventh place.