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.
2011 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Race of Oschersleben Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entrant / Car|
|1.||Miguel Molina||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:22.371||(Q4)|
|2.||Bruno Spengler||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:22.372||(Q4)|
|3.||Oliver Jarvis||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:22.517||(Q4)|
|4.||Mattias Ekström||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:22.687||(Q4)|
|5.||Timo Scheider||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:22.090||(Q3)|
|6.||Jamie Green||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:22.111||(Q3)|
|7.||Ralf Schumacher||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:22.149||(Q3)|
|8.||Edoardo Mortara||Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:22.818||(Q3)|
|9.||Maro Engel||Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:22.333||(Q2)|
|10.||Mike Rockenfeller||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:22.339||(Q2)|
|11.||Filipe Albuquerque||Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:22.348||(Q2)|
|12.||David Coulthard||Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:22.426||(Q2)|
|13.||Christian Vietoris*||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:22.507||(Q2)|
|14.||Renger van der Zande||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:22.518||(Q2)|
|15.||Martin Tomczyk||Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:22.978||(Q1)|
|16.||Susie Stoddart||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:23.275||(Q1)|
|17.||Rahel Frey||Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:23.314||(Q1)|
|18.||Gary Paffett||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||no time||(Q1)|
* Five-place grid penalty for an infringement at the previous round
[Images via DTM Media]