BMW once again claimed top honours in DTM qualifying at Zandvoort, as Augusto Farfus took pole position for race two ahead of Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin.
Farfus, whose last win in the DTM came at the Dutch circuit almost four years ago, put in the top time after eight minutes in the session when his lap of 1 minute 27.475 seconds sent him to the top.
In fact, almost all of the top times came in the first part of the 20-minute qualifying session, as drivers hit the circuit with fresh rubber and in the optimum dry and sunny conditions.
BMW once again dominated, with Wittmann improving slightly on his Saturday qualifying to go second and make it a Team RMG 1-2, ahead of Team RBM’s Martin in third.
Jamie Green prevented a top four BMW lock-out by going fourth in his Audi, just under two tenths off the pace, ahead of BMW Team RMR’s Timo Glock in fifth.
Glock, who took pole and won race one on Saturday, turned out to be the talking point of the session. The German had been on a second flying lap with three minutes to go when he was blocked by Mercedes’ Edoardo Mortara on an out lap, infuriating the BMW driver. The result saw Glock then pointedly block Mortara, almost coming to a standstill on the circuit.
Both drivers are to be investigated by the Stewards for the incident, potentially resulting in grid penalties ahead of race two.
Update: Glock was dropped to the back of the grid for race two as a result of the incident, whilst Mortara received a five-second pit-stop penalty in the race. Gary Paffett was also dropped to the back of the grid for using a tyre that was not in his qualifying allocation.
Championship leader René Rast was sixth, ahead of early session pace-setter Mike Rockenfeller in seventh.
Mercedes’ continued to struggle for pace, with eighth-placed Gary Paffett comfortably the best of the three-pointed stars drivers.
BMW’s Bruno Spengler and Mercedes’ Maro Engel completed the top ten, the latter being oe of only a handful of drivers to improve in the closing seconds of the session.
Title contenders Mattias Ekström and Lucas Auer struggled for pace in their Audi and Mercedes respectively, ending up down in 12th and 13th position. It marks a continuation of a poor weekend for Auer, who has lacked pace since turning up in The Netherlands.
Paul di Resta didn’t take to the circuit at all during the session as his Mercedes team worked furiously to try to fix a technical problem which developed during the earlier third practice session.
Race two takes place at 15:18 CEST (14:18 BST).
Watch: Timo Glock blocked by Edoardo Mortara in qualifying
|1||15||Augusto FARFUS||BMW Team RMG||BMW M4 DTM||9||1:27.475||0.000|
|2||11||Marco WITTMANN||BMW Team RMG||BMW M4 DTM||9||1:27.616||0.141|
|3||36||Maxime MARTIN||BMW Team RBM||BMW M4 DTM||9||1:27.642||0.167|
|4||53||Jamie GREEN||Audi Sport Team Rosberg||Audi RS5 DTM||9||1:27.673||0.198|
|5||16||Timo GLOCK||BMW Team RMR||BMW M4 DTM||8||1:27.690||0.215|
|6||33||René RAST||Audi Sport Team Rosberg||Audi RS5 DTM||8||1:27.832||0.357|
|7||99||Mike ROCKENFELLER||Audi Sport Team Phoenix||Audi RS5 DTM||9||1:27.892||0.417|
|8||2||Gary PAFFETT||Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||8||1:27.926||0.451|
|9||7||Bruno SPENGLER||BMW Team RBM||BMW M4 DTM||9||1:27.991||0.516|
|10||63||Maro ENGEL||Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||9||1:28.004||0.529|
|11||6||Robert WICKENS||Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||9||1:28.037||0.562|
|12||5||Mattias EKSTRÖM||Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline||Audi RS5 DTM||8||1:28.089||0.614|
|13||22||Lucas AUER||Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||9||1:28.260||0.785|
|14||31||Tom BLOMQVIST||BMW Team RMR||BMW M4 DTM||9||1:28.292||0.817|
|15||77||Loïc DUVAL||Audi Sport Team Phoenix||Audi RS5 DTM||8||1:28.302||0.827|
|16||51||Nico MÜLLER||Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline||Audi RS5 DTM||9||1:28.439||0.964|
|17||48||Edoardo MORTARA||Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||10||1:28.775||1.300|