Nico Müller on pole position at Norisring
Nico Müller continues where he left off at Misano: the winner of the Sunday race in Italy ended up fastest in qualifying for the first race at the Norisring in Nuremberg. Around the halfway point of the 20-minute session, the Swiss Audi driver posted a lap time of 46.337s around the 2.3km long street circuit. In the remaining time, no other driver was able to match Müller’s time so that he secured the second pole position of his DTM career.
Müller was understandably happy with his qualifying performance: “The car handles well, the boys have done a great job overnight. They have drawn the right conclusions after yesterday’s free practice and improved the car a little bit. The main target was to improve our qualifying performance after the first three rounds of the season, in which we struggled a bit. We have managed that and now we will find out whether we have kept our strength in the race. Especially at the Norisring, it is always nice to start with a free view into the first corner, because in the middle of the pack, it can get really tight here.”
Austrian Philipp Eng qualified second and ended up as the best-placed BMW driver. “I am very happy with qualifying, everything went according to plan,” Eng said. “Driving at this track is extremely fun with little fuel and fresh tyres. Now, I am looking forward to the race.”
With Loïc Duval in third place and Bruno Spengler in fourth, the second row of the grid is another joint affair for an Audi and a BMW driver and the same applies to the third row with René Rast and Joel Eriksson in fifth and sixth position respectively. The fourth row is also shared by the two Bavarian brands, but here, the BMW driver is on top, local hero Marco Wittmann having qualified in seventh, just ahead of Mike Rockenfeller. WRT Audi driver Johnathan Aberdein was the best-placed rookie in ninth, returnee Jamie Green rounded out the top ten. Daniel Juncadella was the best-placed R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver in 13th place.