Nurburgring DTM: Rookie Auer takes surprise pole

Mercedes driver and DTM rookie Lucas Auer claimed his maiden series pole position for Saturday's first race at the Nurburgring.

Nurburgring DTM: Rookie Auer takes surprise pole
Lucas Auer, ART Grand Prix Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Lucas Auer, ART Grand Prix Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Pascal Wehrlein, HWA AG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM

The Austrian was one of the few drivers who improved their efforts in the dying moments of the 20-minute session, and with a laptime of 1m21.915s he beat BMW’s Maxime Martin at the finish line by only 0.084 seconds.

DTM championship leader Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes) qualified third in front of Bruno Spengler (BMW) and Edoardo Mortara, the best-placed Audi driver in fifth.

Championship contender Mattias Ekstrom (Audi), however, will start only in 17th position.

Red flag after two crashes

A few minutes into the session, Mercedes driver Paul di Resta had lost control of his car and smashed into the barriers without having posted a laptime.

He managed to bring his car back to the pits with heavy damage at the left-rear, but did not go out again.

Soon after that, Adrien Tambay went head-first into the tyre barriers and had to retire from the qualifying session immediately with heavy damage, too.

The session was red-flagged with 12 minutes to go and restarted after a 10 minute break.

Qualifying results:

Pos. Driver Car Time Gap
Lucas Auer Mercedes 1'21.915  
Maxime Martin BMW 1'21.999 0.084
Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1'22.030 0.115
Bruno Spengler BMW 1'22.032 0.117
Edoardo Mortara Audi 1'22.068 0.153
Maximilian Gotz Mercedes 1'22.072 0.157
Jamie Green Audi 1'22.073 0.158
Mike Rockenfeller Audi 1'22.089 0.174
Dani Juncadella Mercedes 1'22.120 0.205
10  Miguel Molina Audi 1'22.121 0.206
11  Tom Blomqvist BMW 1'22.151 0.236
12  Marco Wittmann BMW 1'22.156 0.241
13  Robert Wickens Mercedes 1'22.223 0.308
14  Gary Paffett Mercedes 1'22.242 0.327
15  Nico Muller Audi 1'22.338 0.423
16  Augusto Farfus BMW 1'22.365 0.450
17  Mattias Ekstrom Audi 1'22.372 0.457
18  Timo Glock BMW 1'22.381 0.466
19  Timo Scheider Audi 1'22.536 0.621
20  Antonio Felix da Costa BMW 1'22.574 0.659
21  Christian Vietoris Mercedes 1'22.712 0.797
Martin Tomczyk BMW   -
Paul Di Resta Mercedes   -
Adrien Tambay Audi   -
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