Martin Tomczyk took a surprise pole at the Red Bull Ring

Martin Tomczyk has secured his first DTM pole position in close to two years after an outstanding display of wet-weather skills during qualifying for this weekend’s round at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

Having made it into the final four-car phase of qualifying, Tomczyk’s single flying lap in the session was good enough to clinch pole position, the first since the 2009 race at Zandvoort that an older-spec machine has finished on pole position.

Tomczyk beat Oliver Jarvis to pole (coincidentally, it was Jarvis’ first front-row start since the aforementioned Zandvoort race), while Ralf Schumacher and Edoardo Mortara completed the second row of the grid.

Mortara could perhaps be kicking himself for possibly not managing better than his career-best fourth-placed starting position, failing to replicate the pace he showed in the third qualifying session to go quickest of anyone.

Soaking conditions forced the abandonment of the Q2 phase of qualifying as the drenched track was swamped by standing water. And with the session closed off, all 14 drivers from that session were allowed to compete in a knock-out Q3 session.

The conditions caught out no less a driver than Mattias Ekström, who crashed his Audi at the entry to the pit lane, while Abt team-mate Miguel Molina went off in sympathy just seconds later. Both will start from the last row of the grid for tomorrow’s race.

At the front of the field, Mike Rockenfeller starts from fifth position on the grid, ahead of Mücke Motorsport driver Maro Engel, while Timo Scheider, Gary Paffett, Jamie Green and Christian Vietoris complete the top-ten on the grid.

 

2011 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Race of Spielberg Qualifying Results:

Driver Entrant / Car
1. Martin Tomczyk DEU Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:40.001 (Q4)
2. Oliver Jarvis GBR Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:40.353 (Q4)
3. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:40.587 (Q4)
4. Edoardo Mortara ITA Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:40.990 (Q4)
5. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:38.667 (Q3)
6. Maro Engel DEU Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:38.685 (Q3)
7. Timo Scheider DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:38.755 (Q3)
8. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:38.787 (Q3)
9. Jamie Green GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:38.827 (Q3)
10. Christian Vietoris DEU Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:38.866 (Q3)
10. Filipe Albuquerque POR Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:38.882 (Q3)
12. Bruno Spengler CDN HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:39.372 (Q3)
11. Renger can der Zande NED Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:39.530 (Q3)
14. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:39.797 (Q3)
15. Susie Stoddart GBR Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:40.928 (Q1)
16. Rahel Frey SUI Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:41.385 (Q1)
17. Miguel Molina ESP Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:41.567 (Q1)
18. Mattias Ekström SWE Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:47.903 (Q1)

[Original image via DTM official site]

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