Mattias Ekstrom has claimed pole position at the Nurburgring

Mattias Ekström has claimed his first DTM pole position in over a year, with the Audi driver taking full advantage of changeable weather conditions to claim top spot in qualifying for tomorrow’s race at the Nürburgring.

The Swede had shown great pace in the pre-qualifying practice sessions, and going fastest in Q3 saw him in prime position as the last man out for his single hot-lap to try and claim pole position in the four-man shootout.

And fortune was certainly on his side, with the light rain that hit the circuit abating at precisely the right moment when he went out for his crack at pole position. While fellow Q4 runners Jamie Green and Mike Rockenfeller had slid wide at Turn 1, Ekström stormed to pole with a lap time that was over three seconds quicker than second-fastest man Green’s.

Championship leader Bruno Spengler completed the top-four for Mercedes, while Gary Paffet’s luckless season continued, with Spengler’s team-mate qualifying well down the order.

Edoardo Mortara caused an upset by qualifying fifth-fastest, missing out on a berth in Q4 by mere fractions in his older-spec Rosberg Audi. Miguel Molina took a season’s-best sixth-fastest, while the top eight was completed by Martin Tomczyk and Timo Scheider. There were six Audis in the first eight positions on the grid.

The mixed conditions also saw Renger van der Zande (ninth) and David Coulthard (tenth) register career- and season’s-best qualifying results, respectively, while Susie Stoddart comfortably managed to qualify off the back row with her effort that saw her escape Q1.

Contrastingly, the likes of Oliver Jarvis and Ralf Schumacher were unable to master the slippery conditions, and they were among the higher-profile drivers to be eliminated early on in qualifying.

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2011 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Race of Nürburgring Qualifying Results:

Driver Entrant / Car
1. Mattias Ekström SWE Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:32.006 (Q4)
2. Jamie Green GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:35.246 (Q4)
3. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:35.544 (Q4)
4. Bruno Spengler CDN HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:37.144 (Q4)
5. Edoardo Mortara ITA Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:24.374 (Q3)
6. Miguel Molina ESP Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:24.440 (Q3)
7. Martin Tomczyk DEU Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:24.496 (Q3)
8. Timo Scheider DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:24.695 (Q3)
9. Renger van der Zande NED Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:24.501 (Q2)
10. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:24.525 (Q2)
11. Christian Vietoris DEU Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:24.549 (Q2)
12. Filipe Albuquerque POR Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:24.568 (Q2)
13. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:24.644 (Q2)
14. Susie Stoddart GBR Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:25.063 (Q2)
15. Oliver Jarvis GBR Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:26.965 (Q1)
16. Rahel Frey SUI Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1:27.036 (Q1)
17. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1:27.147 (Q1)
18. Maro Engel DEU Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1:27.275 (Q1)

[Original image via DTM official site]

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