Who else? Auer fastest in Nürburgring qualifying for the fourth time
Lucas Auer has written history in qualifying for the DTM race at the Nürburgring on Saturday: in the 20 minutes’ session to determine the starting grid position for the 13th race of the season, the Austrian claimed pole position with a time of 1m25.968s. It marked the fourth time he was fastest in DTM qualifying at the Nürburgring in five attempts. In total, it is the sixth pole position for the Mercedes-AMG driver in his DTM career. Next to him on the front row is reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann with his BMW M4 DTM. Robert Wickens (Mercedes-AMG) and Augusto Farfus (BMW) are on the second row of the grid.
René Rast, second in the DTM drivers’ standings, ended up as the best-placed Audi driver in qualifying in seventh place. Mattias Ekström, the leader in the points’ standings, qualified in eleventh position.
In the closing stages of the session, DTM qualifying at the Eifel circuit with its long history turned out into a thriller. At a drying track, positions changed almost every second and good timing turned out to be the key to success. A few seconds before time had run out, Auer crossed the start and finish line and therefore was allowed to do another lap. Timo Glock, who had been fastest for the major part of the session, missed out on the right moment and turned out to be unable to respond. Glock, the best-placed BMW driver in fourth place of the drivers’ standings, will be starting from eighth place.
Lucas Auer (Mercedes-AMG, 1st place): “We were at the right place at the right time. That was a super timing and with the right tyres from my team. I felt well from the first till the last lap. It is a well deserved pole. I don’t have any influence on the weather during the race. It will be a cool show, as ever.”
Marco Wittmann (BMW, 2nd place): “It was a matter of being on track at the right time. It was to be expected that the track would dry out. I am very happy with second place. Lucas was the last one to cross the line, so he deserves to be on pole. The same procedure as last year, I would say.”
Robert Wickens (Mercedes-AMG, 3rd place): “I am very happy with third place. Having two cars in the top three wasn’t to be expected. We have done a very good job in these difficult conditions. We have to take the weather as it comes. Driving as fast as possible is all we can do.”