Miguel Molina will be starting from first place on the grid into the final DTM round of the season at the Hockenheimring. The 22-year old once again confirmed his big talent and in the final session of the four-heat qualifying, he completed the lap of the 4.574 kilometres long track in 1:32.717 minutes. For Molina, this is already his second pole position this season and also the second in his young DTM career following his surprising pole position at Oschersleben. “For me, Hockenheim is something very special as I have driven my first DTM race here. I am very happy with my second pole. At Oschersleben, it was really close. Fortunately, it was a little bit more clear today”, said the Audi driver.
British Mercedes-Benz driver Jamie Green will also be starting from the front row into the 38 lap long final race of the season. The second-placed came 0.203 seconds short of Molina’s time. After qualifying, Green said: “I am still happy. My lap was very good and I had a fair chance of claiming pole. But then, Molina did a very, very good lap and he was quicker. In the race, I still have very good possibilities from second place on the grid.”
The new DTM champion, Martin Tomczyk, set the third fastest time in the battle for the best starting grid position. The Audi driver shares the second row on the grid with his fellow Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller.
The battle for runner-up spot in the drivers’ standings remains exciting. Canadian Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) has the best chances. The 28-year old is currently second and will be starting from sixth place behind Audi driver Timo Scheider. Spengler’s main rival, Mattias Ekström (Audi) will start the race four places further down the grid from tenth position. In the drivers’ standings, the margin is smaller. Spengler currently has 51 points, Ekström has 49 points.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m32.717s 2. Jamie Green HWA Mercedes 1m32.920s + 0.203s 3. Martin Tomczyk Phoenix Audi 1m33.039s + 0.322s 4. Mike Rockenfeller Abt Audi 1m33.510s + 0.793s 5. Timo Scheider Abt Audi 1m32.883s Q3 6. Bruno Spengler HWA Mercedes 1m32.922s Q3 7. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m33.103s Q3 8. Oliver Jarvis Abt Audi 1m33.188s Q3 9. Filipe Albuquerque Rosberg Audi 1m33.085s Q2 10. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m33.103s Q2 11. Edoardo Mortara Rosberg Audi 1m33.144s Q2 12. Christian Vietoris Persson Mercedes 1m33.172s Q2 13. Ralf Schumacher HWA Mercedes 1m33.352s Q2 14. Renger van der Zande Persson Mercedes 1m33.617s Q2