Lucas Auer on Pole Once Again in DTM

Credit: DTM

Returning to the track where he claimed his first ever victory in the DTM Series, championship leader Lucas Auer is on  pole for the first race at the Lausitzring.

Going into Race 1 of the weekend, Auer now has a 17 point lead in the championship, thanks to the three bonus points awarded for pole position.

Mercedes team-mate Robert Wickens starts alongside him in second place, with BMW‘s Maxime Martin in third.

Martin’s third on the grid is nothing short of a miracle, with BMW having spent much of the weekend so far out of the top ten in the timings.

Audi‘s Rene Rast had been the early pacesetter but will start in fourth place, narrowly missing out on third by just 0.016s.

BMW Team RMR drivers Timo Glock and Tom Blomqvist take up ownership of the third row on the grid.

Behind them is the Audi duo of Nico Muller and yesterday’s pacesetter Mike Rockenfeller, with Gary Paffett and Edoardo Mortara rounding off the top ten.

It was another difficult session for reigning champion Marco Wittmann who could only qualify as well as 11th place.

Bruno Spengler had qualified slowest but Jamie Green is set to start in last place after he was disqualified – losing 12th on the grid – due to it being found he had qualified on a set of tyres assigned to his team-mate Rast.