Despite not being fastest in any of the three preceding knockout qualifying sessions, the HWA Mercedes driver was quickest when it counted in the final single-lap shoot-out by producing a lap time that could not be beaten by any of his main rivals. The championship leader will start from P1 with team-mate Jamie Green sharing the front row.
Green was the only driver to complete his flying lap when Spengler posted his pole-clinching time, and the Briton – who had finished in the top-two at the end of each of the previous phases of qualifying – was fractionally slower than Spengler on his hot-lap.
The top-four on the grid features a balanced split between Mercedes-Benz and Audi, with the second row of the grid occupied by Mike Rockenfeller and Martin Tomczyk, who drove outstandingly in the older-spec A4 to go fourth-quickest.
The even split continued, with the third row comprised of Gary Paffett (Mercedes) and Timo Scheider (Audi), the latter of whom had been particularly quick in the earlier practice sessions.
David Coulthard will start 14th after an accident in free practice, while Mattias Ekström endured a horror qualifying session and will start from 16th place after failing to make it beyond the first phase of qualifying. The result is the Swede’s worst qualifying result in the championship in nine years.
2011 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Race of Zandvoort Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entrant / Car|
|1.||Bruno Spengler||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:31.805||(Q4)|
|2.||Jamie Green||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:31.940||(Q4)|
|3.||Mike Rockenfeller||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:32.017||(Q4)|
|4.||Martin Tomczyk||Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:32.063||(Q4)|
|5.||Gary Paffett||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:31.130||(Q3)|
|6.||Timo Scheider||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:31.148||(Q3)|
|7.||Edoardo Mortara||Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:31.160||(Q3)|
|8.||Ralf Schumacher||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:31.387||(Q3)|
|9.||Miguel Molina||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:31.329||(Q2)|
|10.||Filipe Albuquerque||Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:31.343||(Q2)|
|11.||Renger can der Zande||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:31.632||(Q2)|
|12.||Oliver Jarvis||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:31.729||(Q2)|
|13.||Maro Engel||Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:31.938||(Q2)|
|14.||David Coulthard||Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:32.007||(Q2)|
|15.||Susie Stoddart||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:32.197||(Q1)|
|16.||Mattias Ekström||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:32.236||(Q1)|
|17.||Christian Vietoris||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:32.646||(Q1)|
|18.||Rahel Frey||Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:33.436||(Q1)|
[Original image via DTM official site]