Bruno Spengler celebrates clinching pole position

Bruno Spengler has headed a Mercedes-Benz 1-2-3 in qualifying for tomorrow’s DTM race at the Norisring.

The Canadian driver shaded fellow Mercedes runners Gary Paffett and Jamie Green by just two- and three-tenths of a second respectively with his single hot-lap to take pole in the fourth and final phase of qualifying. The top-four was completed by Audi’s Mattias Ekström.

What made Spengler’s pole lap all the more impressive was that he overcame a lock-up at Turn 2 on his one and only opportunity to take provisional pole position from Gary Paffett qualified second-fastestPaffett, who ran first in Q4. Neither Green – winner of each of the three previous races held here – nor Ekström was able to beat Spengler’s time of 48.222 seconds.

Having gone quickest in Q3 before it was halted by a rain shower, Ekström was looking good to turn around his poor fortune this season, but he narrowly missed out on pole position.

The damp track surface meant that fellow Q3 runners – Ralf Schumacher, Maro Engel, Timo Scheider and Edoardo Mortara – were unable to mount a challenge for a top-four qualifying berth in a closely-fought session, and they occupy positions five to eight respectively.

Series points leader Martin Tomczyk could do no better than tenth-fastest in his older-spec Audi, while Mike Rockenfeller – making his return after missing the Lausitz round with injuries from his Le Mans smash – qualified second-slowest.

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2011 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Race of Lausitz Qualifying Results:

Driver Entrant / Car
1. Bruno Spengler CDN HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 0:48.222 (Q4)
2. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 0:48.418 (Q4)
3. Jamie Green GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 0:48.532 (Q4)
4. Mattias Ekström SWE Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 0:48.593 (Q4)
5. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 0:48.124 (Q3)
6. Maro Engel DEU Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 0:48.189 (Q3)
7. Timo Scheider DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 0:48.214 (Q3)
8. Edoardo Mortara ITA Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 0:48.257 (Q3)
9. Miguel Molina ESP Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 0:48.332 (Q2)
10. Martin Tomczyk DEU Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 0:48.353 (Q2)
11. Oliver Jarvis GBR Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 0:48.398 (Q2)
12. Christian Vietoris DEU Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 0:48.415 (Q2)
13. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 0:48.527 (Q2)
14. Renger can der Zande NED Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 0:48.575 (Q2)
15. Susie Stoddart GBR Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 0:48.552 (Q1)
16. Filipe Albuquerque POR Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 0:48.600 (Q1)
17. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 0:48.617 (Q1)
18. Rahel Frey SUI Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 0:48.907 (Q1)

[Original image via DTM official site]

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