Misano DTM: Duval scores maiden pole in wet qualifying

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Misano DTM: Duval scores maiden pole in wet qualifying
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Aug 26, 2018, 6:34 PM

Audi's Loic Duval took his maiden pole position in DTM, beating Edoardo Mortara by three tenths at a wet Misano.

Like on Saturday, qualifying was again held in wet conditions, with the benchmark gradually lowered as the session went on.

It was Nico Muller setting the early pace of 1m49.764s, but Lucas Auer entered the 1m48s range a minute later, before Mortara reached the 1m47s, and subsequently the 1m46s, in the second half of qualifying.

The latter was a huge improvement from Mortara as he went six tenths faster than previous leader Duval, then lowering the benchmark by a further half a second.

Still, this was not enough for pole as Duval fought back, narrowly edging Mortara out with a 1m45.983s.

The Frenchman looked set to take first place as improvements were scarce during the last two minutes, but he improved one more time regardless, securing his maiden DTM pole with a gap of 0.320s.

Mortara claimed second ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Daniel Juncadella, who ended his session by crashing into the wall at Turn 2.

Audi pair Mike Rockenfeller and Rene Rast were fourth and fifth respectively, with Marco Wittmann leading BMW's efforts in sixth, 0.922s off the pace.

Nico Muller featured in the lead in the early stages but in the end had to settle for seventh.

Points leader Gary Paffett only took eighth but will still start two places ahead of title rival Paul di Resta, as the British duo sandwiched ninth-placed Timo Glock.

BMW wildcard Alex Zanardi was 19th, 4.4s off pole.

Qualifying results

Cla Driver Car Laps Time Gap
1 France Loic Duval  Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'45.766  
2 Italy Edoardo Mortara  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 10 1'46.086 0.320
3 Spain Daniel Juncadella  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 9 1'46.496 0.730
4 Germany Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'46.545 0.779
5 Germany René Rast  Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'46.635 0.869
6 Germany Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM 11 1'46.688 0.922
7 Switzerland Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 12 1'46.762 0.996
8 United Kingdom Gary Paffett  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 11 1'46.774 1.008
9 Germany Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 11 1'46.801 1.035
10 United Kingdom Paul di Resta  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 11 1'46.926 1.160
11 Germany Pascal Wehrlein  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 11 1'47.103 1.337
12 Sweden Joel Eriksson  BMW M4 DTM 11 1'47.302 1.536
13 Austria Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 11 1'47.313 1.547
14 Brazil Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 11 1'47.442 1.676
15 Netherlands Robin Frijns  Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'47.802 2.036
16 Austria Philipp Eng  BMW M4 DTM 11 1'47.886 2.120
17 United Kingdom Jamie Green  Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'48.266 2.500
18 Canada Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 11 1'48.315 2.549
19 Alessandro Zanardi  BMW M4 DTM 10 1'50.207 4.441
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Series DTM
Event Misano
Drivers Loic Duval
Teams Audi Sport Team Rosberg
Author David Gruz
Article type Qualifying report