António Félix da Costa claims his maiden DTM pole
This could become António Félix da Costa’s weekend. In qualifying for the second race at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, the Portuguese claimed the maiden pole-position of his DTM career, already having scored his first-ever podium finish after coming home second in yesterday’s first race of the weekend. In an analogy to yesterday’s qualifying, BMW drivers also locked out second to fourth place on the grid. Bruno Spengler will be lining up alongside the pole sitter in second place. Behind them, Augusto Farfus and Marco Wittmann, the winner of the race on Saturday, will start from the second row.
Audi driver Miguel Molina will be starting from fifth place into the eighth race of the season. Until less than one minute before the end of the 20 minutes’ session, Pascal Wehrlein was on top with his Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, but dropped to sixth in the final minute. The German couldn’t improve his time anymore because he already was in the pits at that time. Jamie Green, the leader in the DTM drivers’ standings, qualified in 18th place.
The second DTM race at Zandvoort in The Netherlands starts at 14.10 hrs. First German TV channel ARD will be broadcasting live from Zandvoort from 13.50 hrs. The race will cover a distance of 60 minutes plus one lap. Every driver has to make one pit stop with tyre change.
Quotes from the top 3 drivers after qualifying
António Félix da Costa (BMW, 1st place): “Wow! My first pole position in the DTM is fantastic! I have worked hard to become a better driver and to be among the front runners in the DTM. It seems that the efforts have paid off. I am happy to be able to challenge for victory here at Zandvoort. Yesterday, I already came quite close. Of course, with first place on the grid, prospects for today’s race aren’t that bad.”
Bruno Spengler (BMW, 2nd place): “Being on the front row again after my pole position at Norisring is good. Yesterday, Marco managed to win from second place on the grid. Let’s see what I can do today. The track gives me a good feeling, it has more grip than yesterday. That means that we can also carry more speed into the corners. The most important thing is to have a clean start and that everybody makes it through the first corner. It would be too bad, when we couldn’t get find an agreement among the BMW drivers.”
Augusto Farfus (BMW, 3rd place): “Yesterday, I was third coming out of the first corner after having started from first place. Perhaps I can do it the other way round today. In any case, the car gives me a great feeling and I will do my utmost to finish on the podium today.”