Red Bull Ring DTM: Green leads Audi-dominated qualifying

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Red Bull Ring DTM: Green leads Audi-dominated qualifying
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Sep 23, 2017, 10:12 AM

Jamie Green scored his first pole position of the season in the Saturday DTM qualifying at the Red Bull Ring, as Audi brought five cars into the top six.

The qualifying was the first competitive session since DTM's decision to scrap performance weights, and the best positions for BMW and Mercedes were only fourth and seventh respectively.

While BMW's Marco Wittmann was the first to set a competitive time, Mattias Ekstrom and then Green soon took over.

The Briton ended the first half of the session in the lead with a 1m22.198s, followed by four of his Audi teammates.

The session continued to be controlled by the Ingolstadt marque after the halfway point, with Nico Muller taking the lead in the final two minutes.

Green fell 0.004s short with his first improvement but managed to set a time of 1m21.973s just as the chequered flag fell, beating Muller by 0.021s.

Ekstrom took third with Marco Wittmann breaking up the Audi hegemony by grabbing fourth, just 0.081s off the pace.

Mike Rockenfeller and Rene Rast brought five Audis into the top six, as Robert Wickens was seventh as the top Mercedes.

BMW trio Maxime Martin, Timo Glock and Augusto Farfus completed the top 10.

By qualifying third, Ekstrom scored a point and extended his advantage over Mercedes driver Lucas Auer, only 12th, to 10 points.

Qualifying results

ClaDriverCarTimeGap
1 united_kingdom Jamie Green  Audi RS5 DTM 1'21.973  
2 switzerland Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'21.994 0.021
3 sweden Mattias Ekström  Audi RS5 DTM 1'22.046 0.073
4 germany Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM 1'22.054 0.081
5 germany Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 1'22.095 0.122
6 germany René Rast  Audi RS5 DTM 1'22.246 0.273
7 canada Robert Wickens  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.292 0.319
8 belgium Maxime Martin  BMW M4 DTM 1'22.392 0.419
9 germany Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 1'22.441 0.468
10 brazil Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 1'22.442 0.469
11 united_kingdom Paul di Resta  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.502 0.529
12 austria Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.531 0.558
13 canada Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 1'22.532 0.559
14 italy Edoardo Mortara  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.554 0.581
15 united_kingdom Gary Paffett  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.598 0.625
16 united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist  BMW M4 DTM 1'22.638 0.665
17 france Loic Duval  Audi RS5 DTM 1'22.711 0.738
18 germany Maro Engel  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.905 0.932
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Series DTM
Event Spielberg
Location Red Bull Ring
Drivers Jamie Green
Teams Audi Sport Team Rosberg
Author David Gruz
Article type Qualifying report