Mattias Ekstrom - Photo Credit: DTM.com

Mattias Ekstrom - Photo Credit: DTM.com

Mattias Ekstrom has taken pole position for the penultimate round of the DTM season at Valencia in Spain, continuing his strong recent run of form. Meanwhile title contenders Martin Tomczyk and Bruno Spengler could only manage 11th and 13th on the grid respectively.

The Swede, who has won two of the last three races, was the quickest driver in Q3, and was four tenths quicker than anyone else in the final Q4 shootout for pole.

The rest of Q4 was filled by some unusual names, with rookies Filipe Albuquerque and Renger van der Zande qualifying second and third respectively and David Coulthard taking fourth place and his best DTM qualifying result to date.

13 cars had been allowed through to Q3 after Edoardo Mortara spun into the gravel during Q2. Abt Audi quartet of Mike Rockenfeller, Miguel Molina, Timo Scheider and Oliver Jarvis failed to make it out of Q3 and filled positions five to eight. Completing the top ten were HWA Mercedes duo Gary Paffett and Ralf Schumacher.

Tomczyk and Spengler sandwiched Jamie Green as the slowest runners in Q3. Next up will be Mortara, with Maro Engel, Chrisitan Vietoris, Rahel Frey and Susie Stoddart being knocked out in the first session.

Qualifying results:

Pos.

Driver / Entrant / Car

Time

 Session

1.

Mattias Ekström
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
Red Bull Audi A4 DTM

1:30.608

 Q4

2.

Filipe Albuquerque
Audi Sport Team Rosberg
TV Movie Audi A4 DTM

1:31.021

 Q4

3.

Renger van der Zande
stern AMG Mercedes
stern AMG Mercedes C-Klasse

1:31.173

 Q4

4.

David Coulthard
Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes
Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Klasse

1:31.338

 Q4

5.

Mike Rockenfeller
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
E-POSTBRIEF Audi A4 DTM

1:30.202

 Q3

6.

Miguel Molina
Audi Sport Team Abt Junior
Red Bull Audi A4 DTM

1:30.212

 Q3

7.

Timo Scheider
Audi Sport Team Abt
AUTO TEST Audi A4 DTM

1:30.234

 Q3

8.

Oliver Jarvis
Audi Sport Team Abt
Audi Sport performance cars A4 DTM

1:30.240

 Q3

9.

Gary Paffett
Thomas Sabo AMG Mercedes
Thomas Sabo AMG Mercedes C-Klasse

1:30.297

Q3

10.

Ralf Schumacher
Salzgitter AMG Mercedes
Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Klasse

1:30.304

Q3

11.

Martin Tomczyk
Audi Sport Team Phoenix
Schaeffler Audi A4 DTM

1:30.554

Q3

12.

Jamie Green
AMG Mercedes
AMG Mercedes C-Klasse

1:30.602

Q3

13.

Bruno Spengler
Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG
Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Klasse

1:30.621

Q3

14.

Edoardo Mortara
Audi Sport Team Rosberg
Playboy Audi A4 DTM

Q2

15.

Maro Engel
GQ AMG Mercedes
GQ AMG Mercedes C-Klasse

1:30.583

Q1

16.

Christian Vietoris
Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes
Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Klasse

1:30.587

Q1

17.

Rahel Frey
Audi Sport Team Phoenix
Glamour Audi A4 DTM

1:30.712

Q1

18.

Susie Stoddart
TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes
TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Klasse

1:30.739

Q1