BMW dominated qualifying session for tomorrow’s DTM race at the Hockenheim Ring, the season finale. They did this by finishing with four cars which all locked the front row in a spectacular chequered flag moment. It was Bruno Spengler who finished first, the 30-year old who has not tasted victory in the last few races finished with a time of 1:33.443 minutes. Second, third and fourth were BMW drivers Dirk Werner, Brit Andy Priaulx and Timo Glock.
After the race, Spengler said;
“After the difficult races we have had of late, this pole position feels particularly good. My team never shied away, but kept on working hard to get back on top. For this reason, it is unbelievable to be back on pole position here in Hockenheim. We have pulled off an awesome team result for BMW. Four BMWs on the front four places on the grid – for the first time since the return to the DTM. We will obviously celebrate that a bit today, before we focus fully on tomorrow’s race. This is a good starting position from which to defend the Manufacturers’ title for BMW.”
Audi managed to finish fifth thanks to Miguel Molina, 2013 champion Mike Rockenfeller managed to finish 9th, he said things did not go well. Rockenfeller won the title at the second last round in Zandvoort, he leads in drivers standings with 142 points. BMW’s Augusto Farfus follows with with 118 while Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Christian Vietoris comes third with 71 points.
In tomorrow’s race, nine drivers will start with standard tyres while 13 drivers will start with the option tyres. Bruno Spengler will be starting from pole position using option tyres and so will Dirk Werner but third on the starting grid- British driver, Andy Priaulx still in a BMW will start with standard tires. Normally, option tires allow for faster laps on softer compound.
The main race will start at 14.00 hrs tomorrow and ARD will broadcast it live from 13.15 hrs.