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Christopher Bruce2012-06-02 19:24:58

Mortara Leads the Pole at the Red Bull Ring

Matthias Ekström nearly had the pole but still managed third

The DTM went to Austria this week to the recently refurbished Red Bull Ring, formerly the A-1 Ring and originally the Österreichring. Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz bought the track in January 2005, and it sat basically unused until Mateschitz began a €70m refurbishment in 2008. Last year, DTM returned to the track. 

The Red Bull Ring in its current layout is a 4.326km (2.688m) course with eight corners. Situated in the town of Spielberg, Styria, in central Austria. Three of the corners are sharp rights after long, fast corners that allow for lots of passing opportunities. There are also many elevation changes over the entire track. 

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driver for the HWA Team Jaime Green was fastest in the first qualifying session; he was followed by BMWBMWBMWGermany, 1918 > present82 models
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Team RMG driver Martin Tomczyk and AudiAudiAudiGermany, 1909 > present77 models
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Phoenix Racing team driver Alfred Molina.

In the second session the fastest drivers were Mercedes HWA Team driver Gary Paffett, Tomczyk and BMW Team Schnitzer driver Dirk Wener. In the second session, Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler set the same time of 1:26.068, but because Spengler set his time first, he was carried over to the next session. 

Mattias Ekstöm for Audi Abt Sportline, Edoardo Mortara for Audi Team Rosberg and Martin Tomczyk for BMW Team RMG were the fastest in the third session, and along with Gary Paffett for Mercedes HWA Team, they moved to the final hot lap qualifying session. 

All four top drivers challenged for the pole, but in the end Mortara took the top spot. 

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. Audi has three cars in the top 10 and BMW has four.

2012 DTM Red Bull Ring Qualifying
Position Driver Team Time
1 Edoardo Mortara Audi Team Rosberg 1:26.171
2 Gary Paffett Mercedes HWA Team  1:26.292
3 Mattias Ekström Audi Abt Sportline 1:26.319
4 Martin Tomczyk BMW Team RMG 1:26.408
5 Joey Hand BMW Team RMG 1:25.927
6 Bruno Spengler BMW Team Schnitzer 1:25.963
7 Jaime Green Mercedes HWA Team 1:26.022
8 Filipe Albuquerque Audi Team Rosberg 1:26.294
9 Dirk Werner BMW Team Schnitzer 1:26.309
10 Ralf Schumacher Mercedes HWA Team 1:26.340
11 Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM 1:26.068
12 Miguel Molina Audi Phoenix Racing 1:26.251
13 Mike Rockenfeller Audi Pheonix Racing 1:26.274
14 Christian Vietoris Mercedes HWA Team 1:26.320
15 Adrien Tambay Audi Sport Team Abt 1:26.449
16 Timo Scheider Audi Abt Sportline 1:26.519
17 Roberto Merhi Mercedes Persson Motorsport 1:26.605
18 Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM 1:26.620
19 Robert Wickens Mercedes Mücke Motorsport 1:26.725
20 Susie Wolff Mercedes Persson Motorsport 1:26.914
21 Rahel Frey Audi Sport Team Abt 1:27.057
22 David Coulthard Mercedes Mücke Motorsport 1:27.117


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