Misano DTM: Duval scores maiden pole in wet qualifying
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.
|1||Loic Duval||Audi RS5 DTM||11||1'45.766|
|2||Edoardo Mortara||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||10||1'46.086||0.320|
|3||Daniel Juncadella||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||9||1'46.496||0.730|
|4||Mike Rockenfeller||Audi RS5 DTM||11||1'46.545||0.779|
|5||René Rast||Audi RS5 DTM||11||1'46.635||0.869|
|6||Marco Wittmann||BMW M4 DTM||11||1'46.688||0.922|
|7||Nico Müller||Audi RS5 DTM||12||1'46.762||0.996|
|8||Gary Paffett||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||11||1'46.774||1.008|
|9||Timo Glock||BMW M4 DTM||11||1'46.801||1.035|
|10||Paul di Resta||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||11||1'46.926||1.160|
|11||Pascal Wehrlein||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||11||1'47.103||1.337|
|12||Joel Eriksson||BMW M4 DTM||11||1'47.302||1.536|
|13||Lucas Auer||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||11||1'47.313||1.547|
|14||Augusto Farfus||BMW M4 DTM||11||1'47.442||1.676|
|15||Robin Frijns||Audi RS5 DTM||11||1'47.802||2.036|
|16||Philipp Eng||BMW M4 DTM||11||1'47.886||2.120|
|17||Jamie Green||Audi RS5 DTM||11||1'48.266||2.500|
|18||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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