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09/29/12
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Maiden pole position for BMW driver Augusto Farfus
Agusto Farfus
Qualifying of the DTM at Valencia in Spain was a thrilling affair. In the battle for the DTM title, all candidates made mistakes and failed to secure an optimal starting grid position. On Sunday, Brazilian Augusto Farfus will be starting from pole position with his BMW M3 DTM. Edoardo Mortara from Italy and Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque (both Audi) will be starting from second and third place respectively. The Audi drivers turned out to be dominant with seven Audi A5 DTMs in the top ten.

“I am overjoyed with my maiden pole position in the DTM. Since my first lap on Friday, I have been feeling well at the track. Things were just going perfectly. On Sunday, there will be a good show and I will try to make it through without any problems,” said Farfus, who is in his maiden DTM season. The Audi drivers were also happy with their achievement. “I felt strong in qualifying. Unfortunately, I always made a little mistake at one place, so it wasn’t enough for pole,” Mortara explained.

At the 4.005 kilometers long Circuit Ricardo Tormo, the drivers had to deal with the recently applied, extremely slick asphalt. Title candidates Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz, 127 points), Bruno Spengler (BMW, 116 points) and Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz, 108 points) failed to set fast lap times to secure a decisive advantage for the penultimate round of the season. They will be starting from 16th, twelfth and 18th place. “Surely, 16th place on the grid is disappointing for me. Now, we have to analyze the data, but I am confident that our pace will be stronger in the race and with a good strategy, we can move up the ranks tomorrow,” points’ leader Paffett said.

The changeable conditions with rain on Friday and sunny spells on Saturday made it difficult to find the right set-up of the cars. Mercedes-Benz had problems with the track in particular, as only drivers from the brand with the three-pointed star were already out after the first qualifying heat: next to Green, the two ex-Formula 1 drivers David Coulthard (grid position 21) and Ralf Schumacher (grid position 22) were also affected with their DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupés.

Results

Pos

Driver Team/Car Time Gap
1. Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m26.446s +0.000s
2. Edoardo Mortara Rosberg Audi 1m26.756s +0.310s
3. Filipe Albuquerque Rosberg Audi 1m26.894s +0.448s
4. Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m26.981s +0.535s
5. Mike Rockenfeller Abt Audi 1m26.789s Q3
6. Andy Priaulx RBM BMW 1m26.824s Q3
7. Timo Scheider Abt Audi 1m26.849s Q3
8. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m26.936s Q3
9. Dirk Werner Schnitzer BMW 1m27.039s Q3
10. Miguel Molina Phoenix Audi 1m27.040s Q3
11. Martin Tomczyk RMG BMW 1m26.813s Q2
12. Bruno Spengler Schnitzer BMW 1m26.818s Q2
13. Joey Hand RMG BMW 1m26.977s Q2
14. Robert Wickens Mucke Mercedes 1m27.128s Q2
15. Rahel Frey Abt Audi 1m27.260s Q2
16. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m27.288s Q2
17. Roberto Merhi Persson Mercedes 1m27.377s Q1
18. Jamie Green HWA Mercedes 1m27.380s Q1
19. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m27.454s Q1
20. Susie Wolff Persson Mercedes 1m27.533s Q1
21. David Coulthard Mucke Mercedes 1m28.012s Q1
22. Ralf Schumacher HWA Mercedes 1m28.090s Q1

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