Hockenheim DTM: Auer leads Mercedes 1-2-3 in first qualifying

Mercedes’ Lucas Auer claimed pole position for Saturday’s DTM season opener after qualifying fastest at Hockenheim.

Hockenheim DTM: Auer leads Mercedes 1-2-3 in first qualifying
Lucas Auer, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Lucas Auer, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Nico Müller, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM
Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM

Team BWT driver Auer had trailed fellow Mercedes man Gary Paffett after the first set of runs during the 20-minute session, but produced his best effort in the final two minutes to jump to the top of the times.

The Austrian, who had earlier topped the second practice session, recorded a fastest time of 1m30.849s to beat Paffett to pole by 0.193 seconds – despite the Briton also improving on his final run.

Mercedes' new boy Edoardo Mortara ensured the marque’s lockout of the top positions continued onto the second row and will start his first race after his switch from Audi from third, while Timo Glock was the best of the BMW drivers in fourth.

Glock had produced a personal best first sector and fastest time of all through sector two on his best lap, but ran wide towards the end of his run and ended up 0.312s down on Auer’s time.

Maxime Martin qualified his RBM BMW M4 fifth ahead of practice one pacesetter Paul di Resta, while series returnee Maro Engel was seventh.

Nico Muller, Tom Blomqvist and Robert Wickens completed the top 10, with 2016 champion Marco Wittmann set to start the defence of his second title from 11th.

Audi’s Rene Rast, who will contest a first full campaign in the series this season, was 14th while fellow Audi man Loic Duval will start his first DTM race from 18th and last after qualifying 1.601s away from pole.

Qualifying 1 results

Pos.#DriverCarLapsTimeGap
1 22 austria Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 8 1'30.849  
2 2 united_kingdom Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 7 1'31.042 0.193
3 48 italy Edoardo Mortara Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 9 1'31.120 0.271
4 16 germany Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM 8 1'31.161 0.312
5 36 belgium Maxime Martin BMW M4 DTM 9 1'31.247 0.398
6 3 united_kingdom Paul di Resta Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 9 1'31.275 0.426
7 63 germany Maro Engel Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 10 1'31.309 0.460
8 51 switzerland Nico Müller Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'31.490 0.641
9 31 united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist BMW M4 DTM 8 1'31.510 0.661
10 6 canada Robert Wickens Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 10 1'31.538 0.689
11 11 germany Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM 9 1'31.662 0.813
12 53 united_kingdom Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 10 1'31.805 0.956
13 7 canada Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM 8 1'31.834 0.985
14 33 germany René Rast Audi RS5 DTM 9 1'31.871 1.022
15 15 brazil Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM 8 1'31.915 1.066
16 99 germany Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'31.965 1.116
17 5 sweden Mattias Ekström Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'32.082 1.233
18 77 france Loic Duval Audi RS5 DTM 10 1'32.450 1.601

 

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