Edoardo Mortara has secured his first ever DTM pole for the fourth round at the Red Bull Ring, Austria. It was Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom who laid down the first time of 1:27.173. The top four were to shift around in the first few minutes when Mortara nailed a 1:26.179 to top the list.
Ekstrom would go to the top with a 1:26.174 just before the end of the session.
Merhi, Priaulx, Wickens, Wolff, Frey and Coulthard are out.
Q2 saw Ekstrom head to the top with a 1:26.519 early on. Two minutes later Mortara would go 1:25.847 for first. Paffet would top Tomczyk for a 1-2.
Farfus, Molina, Rockenfeller, Vietoris, Tambay, Scheider are out for Q3.
The third session was super tight with lots of lead changes. In the end Ekstrom lead Mortara, Tomczyk, Paffett, Hand, Spengler, Green, Albuquerue, Werner, Schumacher.
It was down to 2 Audi A5 DTM’s and 1 BMW and Mercedes AMG for Q4.
Mortara’s 1:26.171 would edge out Paffet’s 1:26.292 by a blink of an eye. Ekstrom pulled up in third (1:26.319) knocking off ex-Audi driver Tomczyk with a 1:26.408.
Congrats to American Joey Hand/BMW landing in 5th.