Audi driver Miguel Molina has claimed pole position at the DTM’s final round of the 2011 championship calendar, edging out Mercedes’ Jamie Green with a sensational flying lap in the final one-lap ‘shootout’ phase of qualifying at Hockenheim.
As the fastest driver in the third phase of today’s qualifying session, Molina was the fourth and final driver to attempt to post his flying lap attempt, clocking a 1:32.717 to taker top honours. It is the Spaniard’s second pole position of the season, after his maiden DTM pole two rounds ago at Oschersleben.
The second row of the grid is occupied by newly-crowned DTM champion Martin Tomczyk, who starts alongside fellow Audi runner Mike Rockenfeller.
Having just missed out on a berth in the top-four group, Timo Scheider made it four Audis in the top-five, and he will start alongside Mercedes driver Bruno Spengler (pole-sitter when the season was opened at Hockenheim) on the third row.
With the Canadian out to claim runner-up honours in the championship, his only rival, Audi driver Mattias Ekström, could only qualify tenth-fastest. The Swede was denied the opportunity to improve his Q2 time when fellow Audi driver Edoardo Mortara slid into the tyre barriers towards the end of the session, bringing out the red flags.
2011 DTM Race of Hockenheim II Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entrant / Car|
|1.||Miguel Molina||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:32.717||(Q4)|
|2.||Jamie Green||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:32.920||(Q4)|
|3.||Martin Tomczyk||Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:33.039||(Q4)|
|4.||Mike Rockenfeller||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:33.510||(Q4)|
|5.||Timo Scheider||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:32.883||(Q3)|
|6.||Bruno Spengler||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:32.922||(Q3)|
|7.||Gary Paffett||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:33.103||(Q3)|
|8.||Oliver Jarvis||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:33.188||(Q3)|
|9.||Filipe Albuquerque||Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:33.085||(Q2)|
|10.||Mattias Ekström||Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009||1:33.103||(Q2)|
|11.||Edoardo Mortara||Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:33.144||(Q2)|
|12.||Christian Vietoris||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:33.172||(Q2)|
|13.||Ralf Schumacher||HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009||1:33.352||(Q2)|
|14.||Renger van der Zande||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:33.617||(Q2)|
|15.||Maro Engel||Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:33.539||(Q1)|
|16.||David Coulthard||Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:33.761||(Q1)|
|17.||Susie Wolff||Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008||1:33.930||(Q1)|
|18.||Rahel Frey||Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008||1:34.090||(Q1)|
* Three-place grid penalty for an infringement at the previous round
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