Bruno Spengler claims first pole of the year for BMW
A surprise in DTM qualifying for the race on Sunday at the Norisring: with his BMW M4 DTM, Bruno Spengler outpaced Saturday’s pole sitter, Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz) by the tiny margin of 0.004 seconds and thus claimed the first pole position for BMW in the current season. Vietoris, in turn, ranked 0.009 seconds ahead of his fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Robert Wickens.
For Bruno Spengler, this is the 17th pole position of his DTM career. The BMW driver’s most recent pole to date was at the 2013 DTM season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Behind Mattias Ekström as the best-placed Audi driver in fourth place, DTM rookie Lucas Auer put in a charging performance. The Austrian, nephew of ex-Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger, was classified fifth in qualifying. Thus, he ended up ahead of Saturday’s race winner Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz) and ‘Mr. Norisring’, Jamie Green (Audi), who were sixth and seventh respectively.
The sixth DTM race of the season starts at 15.15 hrs. German TV channel ARD is broadcasting live from the Norisring in Nuremberg from 15.00 hrs onwards.
Quotes after qualifying on Sunday
Bruno Spengler, BMW, 1st place: “So far, this has been a great day. I am really happy with this pole position, especially for our team. We were having all these problems, and now this. Everything is so close here, as ever. There are only four thousandths of a second between me and Christian, that is almost nothing. I had to get really close to the walls and take full risk. But this is only 50 percent of the job done. Now, I have to survive the start and the first corner. Then, a long race follows. My opponents are mega-fast. It will be tough to keep them at bay, but I will do everything. However, there is a long way ahead of us.”
Christian Vietoris, Mercedes-Benz, 2nd place: “Like yesterday, this was a good qualifying. Being on the front row again is simply great. The team has done an excellent job. On Saturday, we just missed out on a podium finish in spite of being on pole position. Today, that should be different.”
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-Benz, 3rd place: “To be honest, I am not happy with third place. Even though the team has done a tremendous job, we didn’t manage to give them the reward for it. In the race, I will certainly attack. I hope to make it onto the podium again.”