Spielberg DTM: Mortara bags race one pole

Edoardo Mortara took pole position for the first DTM race of the weekend at Spielberg, leading an all-Audi front row ahead of Jamie Green.

The Mercedes runners were the ones to beat initially, with Paul Di Resta fastest in the early stages with a 1m25.360s before Mercedes F1 tester Pascal Wehrlein ousted the Scotsman from the top of the times with a 1m25.090s.

Di Resta had cemented his hold on second with a time just six thousandths slower than Wehrlein when red flags were shown, Miguel Molina’s Audi grinding to a halt in the middle of the track at Turn 3 with eight minutes left on the clock.

When the action resumed, Di Resta managed to get back on to provisional pole with a 1m25.075s, before Mortara lowered the benchmark by nearly four tenths moments later with a searing effort of 1m24.714s.

Green made a late jump to second with a time 0.193s slower, with Wehrlein moving back into third ahead of Di Resta and Augusto Farfus in the best of the BMWs.

Christian Vietoris was sixth quickest, ahead of fellow Mercedes runners Robert Wickens and Gary Paffett, with Audi duo Mattias Ekstrom and Mike Rockenfeller completing the top 10.

Qualifying results:

Pos Driver Manufacturer Time Gap
Edoardo Mortara Audi 1'24.714  
Jamie Green Audi 1'24.907 0.193
Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1'24.926 0.212
Paul Di Resta Mercedes 1'25.006 0.292
Augusto Farfus BMW 1'25.018 0.304
Christian Vietoris Mercedes 1'25.134 0.420
Robert Wickens Mercedes 1'25.146 0.432
Gary Paffett Mercedes 1'25.189 0.475
Mattias Ekstrom Audi 1'25.191 0.477
10  Mike Rockenfeller Audi 1'25.214 0.500
11  Adrien Tambay Audi 1'25.292 0.578
12  Marco Wittmann BMW 1'25.295 0.581
13  Antonio Felix da Costa BMW 1'25.313 0.599
14  Nico Muller Audi 1'25.320 0.606
15  Bruno Spengler BMW 1'25.341 0.627
16  Timo Scheider Audi 1'25.368 0.654
17  Dani Juncadella Mercedes 1'25.371 0.657
18  Martin Tomczyk BMW 1'25.446 0.732
19  Maxime Martin BMW 1'25.476 0.762
20  Miguel Molina Audi 1'25.479 0.765
21  Tom Blomqvist BMW 1'25.485 0.771
22  Maximilian Gotz Mercedes 1'25.530 0.816
23  Timo Glock BMW 1'25.599 0.885
24  Lucas Auer Mercedes 1'25.661 0.947

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Series DTM
Event Spielberg
Track Red Bull Ring
Drivers Jamie Green , Edoardo Mortara , Pascal Wehrlein
Teams Audi Sport Team Rosberg
Article type Qualifying report