Nurburgring, 11:35 (GMT); Qualifying for the first race of the DTM weekend at the Nurburgring commenced.
After 1 minute with no action on track, Paffett headed out for an opening lap. He was shortly followed by many other drivers vying find a gap to set a clean lap on the 3.6km, 11 turn circuit.
With over 17 minutes to go, lap times were coming in at an average of around 1.24 minutes. Daniel Juncadella set the initial fastest time of 1.23.593, fighting with the car only four minutes into the session.
With drivers like Di Resta and Götz onto their 3rd and 4th runs, lap times were springing up across the board but it was Jamie Green who, with 14 minutes to go, claimed top of the board with a lap time of 1.23.161. He managed to hold provisional pole leading the drivers into the last 10 minutes.
Championship leader Marco Wittman’s three sector times lit up green as he struggled with the car to shave those crucial seconds off of his lap time.
Almost halfway through the session Wittmann jumped up to claim p5 and discussions began with the BMW team about pitting for tyre conservation.
Drivers exited the track to wait in the garages for a last ditch attempt at a quick run. So with just over 7 minutes to go Spenglar exited the pits onto a relatively clear track, and with clean air ahead his sector times lit up green improving on his position gaining 14th place. Meanwhile Molina cut the chicane, forcing his car over the grass, ruining both his tyres and his chance to gain that all important traction found on the exit of the chicane. His hopes for any improvements were at that moment shattered.
With 5 minutes to go, Jamie Green remained on provisional pole with a lap time of 1.23.161, and sat stationary in the garage waiting for a clear spot on the track. However the wait was in vain as drivers began to pour from the pit lane and with 3 minutes to go all drivers were out on the circuit.
Christian Veitoris was a tenth down on his best first sector time.
Then it was double purple sectors for Lucas Auer, smashing Jamie Green off of the top spot and claiming provisional pole with a seemingly unbeatable time of 1.22.900.
With less than 1 minute left, Wittmann went purple in his last two sectors but through loosing time in the first he could only claim P2 with a lap time of 1.23.028.
In the last few seconds drivers were pushing to cross the finish line to gain one more chance at better lap time, including Felix Da Costa who crossed the line just as the time elapsed. Robert Wickens, second in the race for the championship title, dropped from P12 to P13 losing any hope for a good starting grid position on race 1.
Danile Juncadella, who had managed to hang on to a respectful P6, had to report to the stewards regarding an incident with Timo Glock. Juncadella had allegedly blocked Glock unfairly in the session resulting in his P8 position. This throws a dark shadow onto Jucadella who is known for his run-ins with the stewards.
And so the session ended with Lucas Auer claiming P1 with his amazing lap time of 1.22.900; Marco Wittmann P2 1.23.028; Tom Blomqvist P3 1.23.149, and qualifying hopeful Jamie Green pushed to 4th with an unimproved time of 1.23.161. Edoardo Mortara concluded the top 5 with a time of 1.23.167 minutes.
With the Championship leader in 2nd grid position, and title chaser in 13th position it should make for an exciting first race of the weekend.
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