BMW dominates first qualifying at Zandvoort
The battle for the best starting grid positions for the race at Zandvoort on Saturday has been decided: in the compact 20 minutes’ session, BMW locked out the first two rows on the grid. On pole position: Augusto Farfus. With 1:31.266 minutes, the Brazilian set the outright fastest time. Thus, he secured the fourth pole position of his DTM career.
Reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann will start alongside his fellow BMW driver from the front row in second place. He was 0.008 seconds down. Behind them, António Félix da Costa and Maxime Martin are on the second row. Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett and points’ leader Jamie Green for Audi will be fifth and sixth on the grid for the first of two DTM races in the double-header at Zandvoort. However, Paffett and Green can’t really hope for much support from their respective brand mates: with Timo Glock, Tom Blomqvist and Bruno Spengler, three more BMW drivers are seventh to ninth on the grid. Find the qualifying result here.
First German TV channel ARD is broadcasting the first race from Zandvoort live. Coverage on the ARD starts at 17.55 hrs, the race gets underway at 18.00 hrs. The second DTM race on Sunday starts at 14.10 hrs with ARD broadcasting live from 13.50 hrs.
Quotes from the top 3 drivers
Augusto Farfus (BMW, 1st place): “At Norisring, I already said that I want to fight for a podium finish here. I reckon, I have made the first step with first place on the grid. In the race, a good start is crucial and I hope that my tyres will last for the distance of 40 minutes. All in all, we have a good package.”
Marco Wittmann (BMW, 2nd place): “Being this far up front after such a difficult start of the season really is a good feeling. The weekend started in a much better way than all other events so far this year. Being on the front row and being back where we were last year is nice. Now, I have to convert my starting grid position into a good race result and score points. I am looking forward to it. At Zandvoort, starting grid positions are particularly important, because overtaking on track is difficult, so being on the front row is the right thing.”
António Félix da Costa (BMW, 3rd place): “This morning, I already felt well in the car. Here at Zandvoort, I finally have the grip that I was lacking in the first races. So far, I haven’t been able to get the tyres to work, but when everything works as it should, the BMWs are back up front, as we can see. When I manage to get a goodstart, I hope to be able to attack Marco or Antonio from the second row.”