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Zandvoort DTM: Green takes provisional pole, is under investigation

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Zandvoort DTM: Green takes provisional pole, is under investigation
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Jul 17, 2016, 10:02 AM

Audi's Jamie Green topped DTM's Sunday qualifying at Circuit Park Zandvoort, but could yet lose pole due to speeding in the pitlane.

Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM
Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG Team ART, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG Team ART, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Christian Vietoris, Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM, chasing, Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Edoardo Mortara, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM

The Audi driver found himself under investigation by the stewards in the closing minutes of the session before vaulting up the order with a 1m30.696s lap.

Should he be cleared of wrongdoing, Green will have become the first repeat poleman of the season - but if the Brit does get a grid drop, compatriot Gary Paffett will take over out front.

No competitive times had been set by the four-minute mark of the session but one driver was already out of contention - Mercedes man Dani Juncadella, having gone off in the gravel at Turn 8 and causing a red flag stoppage.

The running resumed in a few minutes, when the Spaniard's C63 DTM was cleared, and Christian Vietoris led the opening set of laps.

The German had set the early pace and improved to a 1m31.497s by halfway point, his time matched exactly by Audi's Edoardo Mortara a few seconds later, with BMW's Marco Wittmann making it three different marques represented in the top three.

But, just like on Saturday, times improved drastically in the closing minutes of the session, with Green's sole push lap giving him provisional pole and Paffett coming up less than a tenth short.

Vietoris took P3, ahead of Edoardo Mortara, Saturday winner Robert Wickens and the lead BMW of TImo Glock.

Points leader Marco Wittmann followed stablemate Glock in P7, with Esteban Ocon, Mattias Ekstrom and Nico Muller making up the top 10.

Debutant Rene Rast, who received a last-second call-up to sub for Adrien Tambay after the Frenchman's injury in Race 1, was 22nd out of 24.

UPDATE: Green has received a 250€ fine for speeding in the pitlane, having exceeded the 60 km/h limit by 5km/h. He thus keeps his second pole position of the year.

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Series DTM
Event Zandvoort
Location Zandvoort
Drivers Gary Paffett , Christian Vietoris , Jamie Green
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy