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Moscow DTM: Blomqvist scores last-gasp pole

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Moscow DTM: Blomqvist scores last-gasp pole
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Jul 23, 2017, 9:03 AM

Tom Blomqvist led a BMW 1-2 in the Sunday DTM qualifying session at Moscow Raceway, denying stablemate Bruno Spengler at the last second.

Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Bruno Spengler, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Bruno Spengler, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM

Blomqvist has endured a nightmare campaign in the DTM so far this season, as he sits 15th in the standings and is yet to finish higher than sixth – but Moscow marks already his second pole of 2017, as he'd also topped qualifying at the Norisring.

Mercedes duo Robert Wickens and Gary Paffett set the initial pace in the Sunday session in Moscow, but it was an Audi 1-2-3 at halfway point.

Championship leader Rene Rast had set a 1m27.153s lap, 0.002s quicker than the effort that took him to pole position on Saturday – but he was then demoted to second by Mattias Ekstrom, the Swede posting the first sub-1m27s lap of the weekend.

However, unlike on Saturday, laptime improvements were significant in the second half of the session, with Mercedes driver Paul di Resta briefly going first before being pipped by Rast.

Spengler then looked set for provisional pole as he produced a 1m26.579s effort seconds before the chequered flag, with Ekstrom coming up just 0.003s short.

But as the flag waved, Blomqvist – who had been sitting 12th at halfway point – went top with a 1m26.518s.

Ekstrom and Rast will thus make up an all-Audi second row behind Blomqvist and Spengler, with di Resta the lead Mercedes in fifth place.

Timo Glock was sixth, leading fellow BMW drivers Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin.

Loic Duval placed ninth for Audi, with Gary Paffett joining di Resta as the only other Mercedes representative in the top 10.

Jamie Green, who had topped Sunday morning's FP3, was third after the opening runs, but could only finish 11th, despite producing a session-best final sector.

He is also to take a five-place grid penalty in the race, having incurred a third warning of the season for crossing the pit exit line in FP3.

Qualifying 2 results

ClaDriverCarTimeGap
1 united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist  BMW M4 DTM 1'26.518  
2 canada Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 1'26.579 0.061
3 sweden Mattias Ekström  Audi RS5 DTM 1'26.582 0.064
4 germany René Rast  Audi RS5 DTM 1'26.735 0.217
5 united_kingdom Paul di Resta  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'26.887 0.369
6 germany Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 1'26.902 0.384
7 germany Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM 1'26.910 0.392
8 belgium Maxime Martin  BMW M4 DTM 1'26.937 0.419
9 france Loic Duval  Audi RS5 DTM 1'26.946 0.428
10 united_kingdom Gary Paffett  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'27.113 0.595
11 united_kingdom Jamie Green  Audi RS5 DTM 1'27.168 0.650
12 canada Robert Wickens  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'27.230 0.712
13 brazil Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 1'27.230 0.712
14 austria Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'27.230 0.712
15 switzerland Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'27.258 0.740
16 germany Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'27.303 0.785
17 italy Edoardo Mortara  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'27.332 0.814
18 germany Maro Engel  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'27.477 0.959
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Series DTM
Event Moscow
Location Moscow Raceway
Drivers Mattias Ekström , Bruno Spengler , Tom Blomqvist
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy