Hockenheim DTM: Blomqvist beats Rast in final qualifying
Tom Blomqvist beat DTM title contender Rene Rast to pole position at Hockenheim, as the final qualifying session of the 2017 season was disrupted by a drain cover incident.
Blomqvist sat third behind BMW stablemate Marco Wittmann and Audi driver Rast at the halfway point, but jumped ahead of both in the final minutes.
Outgoing champion Wittmann had gone quickest with his first effort and posted the best lap of the weekend – a 1m30.564s – next time by.
He sat 0.030s clear of Rast at the conclusion of the opening runs, when the session was red-flagged.
A drain cover in the braking zone on the main straight was loosened by Gary Paffett and then collected by fellow Mercedes driver Paul di Resta, the Scotsman sustaining a left-front puncture as a result.
This led to the 20-minute session being suspended just short of halfway, allowing track workers to head out and attempt repairs – as the missing drain cover had now left a sizable hole in the ground.
Qualifying resumed over half an hour later, and while neither Wittmann nor Rast improved on their first flying laps, Blomqvist leapfrogged both with a 1m30.491s effort.
Rast, however, had one more lap in him, splitting the BMW pair at the chequered flag to secure a crucial front row start.
Wittmann had to do with third, with Mercedes' lead driver Lucas Auer staying put in fourth place.
Saturday race winner Jamie Green qualified fifth, just 0.099s off pole, but will drop down the order due to a 10-place grid penalty assessed for a fifth warning of the season.
As such, Mercedes driver Robert Wickens and BMW's Maxime Martin will make up the third row, ahead of Audi's Mike Rockenfeller and BMW driver Augusto Farfus.
Championship leader Mattias Ekstrom qualified only 10th, 0.270s off pole, and likewise has a grid penalty hanging over him. He is to start 14th, one place ahead of Green.
Rast's two bonus points for second place in qualifying leave him 11 points behind the Swede in the standings, with the German holding an advantage on victory countback should they finish level on points.
Green remains nine points behind Ekstrom, with outside contender Rockenfeller 20 points off the championship lead.
Race 2 grid
|1||31||Tom Blomqvist||BMW M4 DTM||9||1'30.491|
|2||33||René Rast||Audi RS5 DTM||9||1'30.555||0.064|
|3||11||Marco Wittmann||BMW M4 DTM||10||1'30.564||0.073|
|4||22||Lucas Auer||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||10||1'30.579||0.088|
|5||6||Robert Wickens||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||10||1'30.656||0.165|
|6||36||Maxime Martin||BMW M4 DTM||10||1'30.672||0.181|
|7||99||Mike Rockenfeller||Audi RS5 DTM||11||1'30.721||0.230|
|8||15||Augusto Farfus||BMW M4 DTM||11||1'30.739||0.248|
|9||2||Gary Paffett||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||10||1'30.799||0.308|
|10||16||Timo Glock||BMW M4 DTM||10||1'30.848||0.357|
|11||51||Nico Müller||Audi RS5 DTM||10||1'30.859||0.368|
|12||7||Bruno Spengler||BMW M4 DTM||10||1'30.987||0.496|
|13||48||Edoardo Mortara||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||6||1'31.015||0.524|
|14||5||Mattias Ekström||Audi RS5 DTM||10||1'30.761||0.270|
|15||53||Jamie Green||Audi RS5 DTM||10||1'30.590||0.099|
|16||63||Maro Engel||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||10||1'31.162||0.671|
|17||77||Loic Duval||Audi RS5 DTM||11||1'31.461||0.970|
|18||3||Paul di Resta||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||5||1'31.800||1.309|
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