Tom Blomqvist grabs race two pole as René Rast takes advantage in...

Tom Blomqvist grabs race two pole as René Rast takes advantage in title battle

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Tom Blomqvist secured pole position for the final race of the 2017 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters in an interrupted session which saw the title battle swing in favour of René Rast.

The 20-minute qualifying session was red-flagged at the half-way stage after a drain cover came loose at the high-speed Nordkurve and had to be repaired.

Mercedes driver Gary Paffett had forced the drain cover loose on the corner entry, and it was then immediately collected by stablemate Paul Di Resta, causing enough damage to put his Mercedes-AMG C63 out for the rest of the session.

Defending champion Marco Wittmann had set the pace before the red-flag, but was pipped by fellow BMW driver Blomqvist and Rast’s Audi in the final minutes once the session resumed after a half-hour stoppage.

Blomqvist scored his third pole position in the DTM with a time of 1:30.491, just 0.064 seconds ahead of Rast who would score a valuable two points towards his title challenge by qualifying in second position.

Championship rivals Mattias Ekström and Jamie Green will start in 14th and 15th positions respectively after their grid-penalties have been applied, allowing Rast a real shot at the drivers championship.

Ekström remains the points leader going into this afternoon’s finale, nine points ahead of Green with Rast just a further two behind, while Mike Rockenfeller sits 20 points adrift of the two-time champion.

Marco Wittmann will start this afternoon’s race in third position, ahead of Lucas Auer, whose Mercedes underwent repairs during the red-flag period.

Title contender Green posted a time good enough for fifth position, but will be demoted due to his grid penalty, promoting Robert Wickens into the top five on the grid.

Behind him, Maxime Martin starts from sixth position ahead of Rockenfeller, who currently sits fourth in the championship standings.

Augusto Farfus lines up up in eigth position, ahead of 2005 champion Gary Paffett, with yesterday’s polesitter Timo Glock completing the top ten after the grid drops have been applied.

The title-deciding final race of the 2017 DTM championship gets underway at 15:13 CEST.

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 31 Tom BLOMQVIST BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 9 1:30.491 0.000
2 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 9 1:30.555 0.064
3 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 10 1:30.564 0.073
4 22 Lucas AUER Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 10 1:30.579 0.088
5 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 10 1:30.590 0.099
6 6 Robert WICKENS Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 10 1:30.656 0.165
7 36 Maxime MARTIN BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 10 1:30.672 0.181
8 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:30.721 0.230
9 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 11 1:30.739 0.248
10 5 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 10 1:30.761 0.270
11 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 10 1:30.799 0.308
12 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 10 1:30.848 0.357
13 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 10 1:30.859 0.368
14 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 10 1:30.987 0.496
15 48 Edoardo MORTARA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 6 1:31.015 0.524
16 63 Maro ENGEL Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 10 1:31.162 0.671
17 77 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:31.461 0.970
18 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 5 1:31.800 1.309