Moscow DTM: Defending champion Wittmann takes first pole of 2015

DTM's reigning champion Marco Wittmann, who currently sits ninth in the standings, took a confident pole position in Saturday qualifying at Moscow Raceway.

BMW had locked out the top three after the first set of flyers, with Timo Glock heading the timesheets at 1m29.003s, ahead of Bruno Spengler and Wittmann.

But championship leader Mattias Ekstrom and fellow Audi driver Miguel Molina set indentical times to break up the BMW 1-2-3 before halfway.

After a mid-session lull, the action resumed with just five minutes on the clock. And with the chequered flag looming, Jamie Green took the top spot, only for Wittmann to immediately overshadow him by going almost two tenths clear - with a lap of 1m28.810s.

Pascal Wehrlein, in a qualifying session that looked very dire for Mercedes, then salvaged a surprise front row start with a superb lap.

Green and Glock made up row two, ahead of rookie Tom Blomqvist and Ekstrom.

Spengler and Molina had to do with seventh and eighth respectively, with Daniel Juncadella in ninth as the second-best Mercedes driver and Nico Muller making up the top ten.

Debutant Antonio Giovinazzi, who replaces the suspended Timo Scheider at Audi, was 19th, seven tenths off the lead.

Pos Driver Manufacturer Time Gap
Marco Wittmann BMW 1'28.810  
Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1'28.979 0.169
Jamie Green Audi 1'28.985 0.175
Timo Glock BMW 1'29.003 0.193
Tom Blomqvist BMW 1'29.066 0.256
Mattias Ekström Audi 1'29.085 0.275
Bruno Spengler BMW 1'29.093 0.283
Miguel Molina Audi 1'29.133 0.323
Daniel Juncadella
Mercedes 1'29.143 0.333
10  Nico Muller
Audi 1'29.147 0.337
11  Adrien Tambay Audi 1'29.184 0.374
12  Edoardo Mortara Audi 1'29.211 0.401
13  Paul di Resta
Mercedes 1'29.256 0.446
14  Mike Rockenfeller
Audi 1'29.280 0.470
15  Maximilian Gotz
Mercedes 1'29.297 0.487
16  Maxime Martin BMW 1'29.304 0.494
17  Antonio Felix da Costa
BMW 1'29.350 0.540
18  Lucas Auer Mercedes 1'29.401 0.591
19  Antonio Giovinazzi
Audi 1'29.487 0.677
20  Gary Paffett Mercedes 1'29.519 0.709
21  Augusto Farfus BMW 1'29.541 0.731
22  Robert Wickens Mercedes 1'29.557 0.747
23  Martin Tomczyk BMW 1'29.766 0.956
24  Christian Vietoris Mercedes 1'29.878 1.068

 

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Series DTM
Event Moscow
Sub-event Saturday qualifying
Track Moscow Raceway
Drivers Jamie Green , Marco Wittmann , Pascal Wehrlein
Teams BMW Team RMG
Article type Qualifying report