Miguel Molina has claimed a shock pole at Oschersleben

One-thousandth of a second – that’s the margin by which Miguel Molina snatched his maiden DTM pole position today, with the Audi driver doing the honours in style at the Oschersleben today.

The Spaniard – who hasn’t even scored a point this season and whose best qualifying result is a second-row start – edged out Mercedes-Benz frontrunner Bruno Spengler for top honours in a fascinating qualifying session.

In a great session for the Abt Audi team, three of their cars made it into the top-four pole shootout, with Molina joined by team-mates Oliver Jarvis and Matthias Ekström

Spengler had actually been the quickest driver in Q3, despite complaining that his Mercedes felt like its engine had dropped a cylinder.

Contrastingly, championship points’ leader Martin Tomczyk has given himself a mountain to claim after an appalling performance in qualifying; the German missed out on a berth in Q2 by just 0.1 seconds, leaving him to start from a lowly 14th. He’d actually qualified 15th-fastest, but Christian Vietoris’ five-place grid penalty from Brands Hatch will move him up one spot.

Gary Paffett’s wretched season continues, with the Briton’s HWA Mercedes developing a misfire in the opening phase of qualifying; he will start from last place after failing to complete a timed lap.

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2011 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Race of Oschersleben Qualifying Results:

Driver Entrant / Car
1. Miguel Molina ESP Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:22.371 (Q4)
2. Bruno Spengler CDN HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:22.372 (Q4)
3. Oliver Jarvis GBR Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:22.517 (Q4)
4. Mattias Ekström SWE Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:22.687 (Q4)
5. Timo Scheider DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:22.090 (Q3)
6. Jamie Green GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:22.111 (Q3)
7. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:22.149 (Q3)
8. Edoardo Mortara ITA Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:22.818 (Q3)
9. Maro Engel DEU Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:22.333 (Q2)
10. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:22.339 (Q2)
11. Filipe Albuquerque POR Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:22.348 (Q2)
12. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:22.426 (Q2)
13. Christian Vietoris* DEU Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:22.507 (Q2)
14. Renger van der Zande NED Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:22.518 (Q2)
15. Martin Tomczyk DEU Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:22.978 (Q1)
16. Susie Stoddart GBR Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:23.275 (Q1)
17. Rahel Frey SUI Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:23.314 (Q1)
18. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes no time (Q1)

* Five-place grid penalty for an infringement at the previous round

[Images via DTM Media]

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