Bruno Spengler has claimed an historic pole position for BMW at the Lausitzring

Bruno Spengler has led BMW to a qualifying 1-2 – and the carmaker’s first DTM pole position in twenty years – for this weekend’s race at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in just its second championship event since returning to the series.

The Canadian pipped fellow BMW stablemate Augusto Farfus to top spot, with BMW claiming two of the four spots in the final shootout for pole position in today’s qualifying session.

The pair will start from the front row of the grid, with championship leader Gary Paffett in third place in his Mercedes, while Mike Rockenfeller starts from fourth place in his Audi.

Demonstrating just how competitive this championship is, none of the drivers who made Q4 a week ago at Hockenheim were able to repeat the effort this time around.

Edoardo Mortara came closest, and will start from fifth place in his Rosberg Audi after missing out on a Q4 berth by six-hundredths of a second; he shares the third row of the grid with Jamie Green, who finished on the podium at Hockenheim last weekend.

Defending DTM champion Martin Tomczyk ensured that BMW – like Audi – had three of its cars in the first four rows of the grid. He will start from seventh place, one spot better than last week’s pole-winner, Mattias Ekström. The Swede’s Audi stablemates Miguel Molina and Adrien Tambay rounded out the top-ten.

The second phase of qualifying was an incredibly closely-fought affair, with the top-ten covered by less than 0.4 seconds. It was therefore little surprise to see a few high-profile casualties in this phase of qualifying, including two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider and former WTCC champion Andy Priaulx, who both missed the cut by less than one-tenth of a second.

It was a poor qualifying session for the field’s former F1 stars, with Ralf Schumacher continuing his Lausitz curse with another Q1 elimination in his Mercedes en route to 17th on the grid. Fellow F1 race-winner David Coulthard struggled to get a decent balance through the circuit’s twisty sections, and suffered several lock-ups on his way to a disappointing 20th on the grid.


2012 DTM Race of Lausitz – Qualifying Results:

  DRIVER TEAM / ENTRY RESULT  
1. Bruno Spengler CAN Team Schnitzer BMW BMW 1:18.777 Q4
2. Augusto Farfus Jr BRA Team RBM BMW BMW 1:18.815 Q4
3. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 1:18.820 Q4
4. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Phoenix Racing Audi Audi 1:19.206 Q4
  Q4 CUT-OFF   1:18.312  
5. Edoardo Mortara ITA Team Rosberg Audi Audi 1:18.374 Q3
6. Jamie Green GBR HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 1:18.461 Q3
7. Martin Tomczyk DEU Team RMG BMW BMW 1:18.490 Q3
8. Mattias Ekström SWE Abt Sportsline Audi Audi 1:18.569 Q3
9. Miguel Molina ESP Phoenix Racing Audi Audi 1:18.667 Q3
10. Adrien Tambay FRA Audi Sport Team Abt Audi 1:18.686 Q3
  Q3 CUT-OFF   1:18.717  
11. Filipe Albuquerque POR Team Rosberg Audi Audi 1:18.749 Q2
12. Timo Scheider DEU Abt Sportsline Audi Audi 1:18.758 Q2
13. Andy Priaulx GBR Team RBM BMW BMW 1:18.771 Q2
14. Joey Hand USA Team RMG BMW BMW 1:18.817 Q2
15. Robert Wickens CAN Mücke Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 1:18.840 Q2
16. Christian Vietoris DEU HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 1:18.862 Q2
  Q2 CUT-OFF   1:19.498  
17. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 1:19.506 Q1
18. Robert Merhi ESP Persson Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 1:19.557 Q1
19. Susie Wolff GBR Persson Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 1:19.584 Q1
20. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 1:19.682 Q1
21. Dirk Werner DEU Team Schnitzer BMW BMW 1:19.737 Q1
22. Rahel Frey SUI Audi Sport Team Abt Audi 1:20.415 Q1


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