Farfus second to complete successful qualifying for BMW.
Zandvoort (NL) - BMW Team MTEK driver Marco Wittmann (DE) clinched his first pole position in only his ninth DTM race. None of his rivals were able to match his fastest lap of 1:30.894 in the Ice-Watch BMW M3 DTM, which he set during the fourth qualifying session. Not even Augusto Farfus (BR).
Joey Hand (US) and Timo Glock (DE) also achieved excellent qualifying results. Hand narrowly missed out on the top-four shoot-out, clocking the fifth fastest time in Q3. Glock qualified eighth in the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M3 DTM to claim the best qualifying result of his fledgling DTM career.
Bruno Spengler (CA) failed to make it into the top ten for the first time this DTM season. The reigning champion qualified 16th in the BMW Bank M3 DTM. However, a penalty awarded for his part in the collision with Robert Wickens (CA) in Oschersleben (DE) means the Canadian will start the race from 18th on the grid.
Spengler’s BMW Team Schnitzer team-mate Dirk Werner (DE) was 13th in the SAMSUNG BMW M3 DTM, Andy Priaulx (GB, Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M3 DTM) starts from 15th, and Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M Performance Parts M3 DTM) had to settle for 19th. The race begins at 13:30 (CET) on Sunday. TV station ARD will broadcast live from the track from 13:15.
Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “That was once again an extremely intense and exciting DTM qualifying – and we are obviously very happy with the result. It goes without saying that I am particularly delighted by our rookie Marco Wittmann’s sensational pole position. Marco has been very impressive all year and more than deserves this pole. Augusto Farfus also produced another outstanding qualifying and made it through to Q4 for the fourth time in a row.
Both Joey Hand and Timo Glock, with his best qualifying result so far, also impressed. We are now looking forward to an exciting race, particularly given the situation in the Drivers’ Championship. We have put ourselves in a good position for tomorrow, and will do our best to still be out in front come the end of the race. Our goal is obviously to keep the title chase alive heading to Hockenheim.”
Marco Wittmann (car number 21, BMW Team MTEK, pole position): “To be on pole in my first year in the DTM is absolutely unbelievable. Qualifying was a close affair. However, I had a virtually perfect lap in the top-four shoot-out. This is a great day for me. I would like to thank BMW Team MTEK for providing me with such a superb car. I have been working towards this success for a long time.”
Augusto Farfus (car number 7, BMW Team RBM, 2nd on the grid): “Congratulations to Marco on his first pole position in the DTM. I would also have liked to be starting from pole, but he produced a fantastic lap time. I felt very good in both free practice and qualifying. However, the track kept changing over the course of the sessions. Therefore, I am very happy with my second place on the grid. I am already looking forward to the race.”
Joey Hand (car number 8, BMW Team RBM, 5th on the grid): “This is a much better feeling than I have had the last couple of races, and I have a smile on my face. After this morning’s free practice we felt it could go either way. But the BMW Team RBM boys stuck with me and made some good calls. I feel I had the car to go to Q4, but I made a mistake on that lap and just didn't get the most out of it. Maybe we can race for a podium tomorrow.”
Timo Glock (car number 22, BMW Team MTEK, 8th on the grid): “We took a step in the right direction today. The car set-up was much better. I had a good feeling in qualifying. As a driver, you obviously always want more, but I am really happy with my eighth place on the grid here in Zandvoort, which is my best qualifying result in the DTM. My team did a fantastic job. Congratulations to Marco on his first pole position in the DTM. It is now all about scoring as many points as possible in tomorrow’s race.”
Dirk Werner (car number 2, BMW Team Schnitzer, 13th on the grid): “I had to push quite hard to get a good time. I made a small mistake on my flying lap, and that cost me a better time. I am sorry for my team. With a bit of luck, we could have done better today.”
Andy Priaulx (car number 16, BMW Team RMG, 15th on the grid): “Q1 was good but in Q2 I had quite a bit of bottoming in turn seven, which really cost me on my fastest lap. To be honest, it wasn't a bad lap. At least I got through to Q2, which is positive for me, and I shall take that positive into the race and see what we can do tomorrow.”
Bruno Spengler (car number 1, BMW Team Schnitzer, 18th on the grid): “For some reason, this is all we could manage today. I struggled with the balance of the car. The result is obviously disappointing. Despite this, we will battle hard tomorrow. Our qualifying pace was not good, so hopefully it will be better tomorrow. In 2012 I started from 18th on the grid and came through to finish sixth. Maybe I can produce another fightback. Whatever happens, I really want to score valuable points for BMW and help Augusto. Unfortunately that will not be easy now.”
Martin Tomczyk (car number 15, BMW Team RMG, 19th on the grid): “Again it was a disappointing Saturday. I don't know what is going on this year, but unfortunately I keep being knocked out in Q1. All I can say is we have to keep on fighting, but we can’t seem to win this season.”