Congrats to Mika, it’s good to see him on pole. It would have been better to see newbie, rookie, young up start Mike Rockenfeller on top. Bot were separated by only 0.074! Mike was also in a 06′ Audi from last year.
Biela was knock backed to 20th due to a penalty. Werner came in 17th but you can discredit these two as they just steped in and have been racing the R10 TDI with a ton of different characteristics. TORQUE!
Again strategy will be key and we know that Green can’t start so Scheider best get around him and possibly Tomczyk. They head into a left hander then a right 360 so Audi should have the inside line if all holds together in the left.
#2 – Mike Rockenfeller
#4 – Mattias Ekström
#6 – Timo Scheider
#7 – Martin Tomczyk
#9 – Christian Abt (awesome job one of his highest in a long DTM career)
Mika Häkkinen (Mercedes-Benz) will be starting from pole position for the second season round of the DTM at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. In an exciting qualifying session, the Finn drove his AMG Mercedes C-Class to a fastest lap time of 1:22.456 minutes, securing the first grid position for the race on Sunday (live from 13.45 h onwards on ARD). For the two times’ Formula 1 world champion, it was the second pole position in his DTM career. Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) caused a slight sensation in qualifying: the Audi driver will be starting from the front row of the grid alongside Häkkinen in only his second DTM race. Eventually, Rockenfeller with his 2006-spec Audi A4 DTM only came 0.074 seconds short of Häkkinen’s fastest lap time. Third place was occupied by Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) from Mattias Ekström (Audi). Reigning DTM champion Bernd Schneider will be starting from tenth place.
Qualifying in detail
Air temperature: 22.8 °C
Track temperature: 29.0 °C
13.28 hrs. – Qualifying starts
13.32 hrs. – Timo Scheider is on top of the time sheet with a lap time of 1:22.609
13.33 hrs. – Mike Rockenfeller is second with 1:22.766 ahead of a Mercedes-quartett with Bruno Spengler, Bernd Schneider, Mathias Lauda and Alexandros Margaritis
13.35 hrs. – Martin Tomczyk moves up into third place with his lap time of 1:22.888
13.40 hrs. – Frank Biela off the track into the tyre barrier at the back stretch
13.42 hrs. – End of the session. At the moment, La Rosa, Luhr, Werner, Biela, Stoddart and Ickx are not qualified for the next session
13.43 hrs. – Timo Scheider remains fastest from Schneider, Rockenfeller, Ekström, Paffett, Spengler, Tomczyk, Green, Di Resta, Häkkinen, Abt, Carroll, Lauda and Margaritis
13.48 hrs. – Next session starts, Christian Abt is the first driver out on the track
13.52 hrs. – Bruno Spengler tops the time sheet with a lap time of 1:22.647, Timo Scheider claims second place with 1:22.678
13.53 hrs. – Mika Häkkinen outpaces Spengler by 0.008 seconds and is now fastest with 1:22.639. Bernd Schneider straight on in the chicane, runs through the grass
13.57 hrs. – Jamie Green moves up into seventh. At the moment, Bernd Schneider is out of the top eight
13.58 hrs. – Timo Scheider is fastest with 1:22.551. He remains on top from Häkkinen, Spengler, Ekström, Rockenfeller, Paffett, Tomczyk and Green
13.59 hrs. – Drivers not making it into the third and final qualifying heat are Christian Abt, Bernd Schneider, Paul di Resta, Mathias Lauda, Alexandros Margaritis and Adam Carroll
14.06 hrs. – The final session starts, Bruno Spengler is the first to go out
14.09 hrs. – Bruno Spengler tops the time sheet with 1:22.625, Jamie Green is second with 1:22.791
14.10 hrs. – Mike Rockenfeller takes third place with 1:22.840
14.14 hrs. – Mike Rockenfeller is now fastest with 1:22.530, but Mika Häkkinen immediately outpaces him with 1:22.456
14.15 hrs. – End of the session. Mika Häkkinen claims his second DTM pole from Rockenfeller, Spengler, Ekström, Green, Scheider, Tomczyk and Paffett