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