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Spengler grabs Spielberg pole

1 June 2013

Bruno Spengler has taken his first DTM pole-position of the year at the Red Bull Ring after denying his BMW rookie team-mate Marco Wittmann in the last sector of the lap.

Spengler, who set a time of a 1 minute 24.836 second lap, had trailed his less-experienced team mate by nearly a tenth after the middle sector but the defending champion was then able to reverse the deficit to take pole by nearly a tenth himself.

Wittmann's second position was still the German's best qualifying to date and ensures an all BMW front-row lockout.

Last year's Spielberg victor Edoardo Mortara will start tomorrow's race from third on the grid proving the Italian is something of Red Bull Ring specialist.

Augusto Farfus made it three BMW's in the top four despite a scruffy lap in the final Q4 segment which never really threatened to top the timesheets.

Former double-champion Timo Scheider continued his solid qualifying form in fifth and shares the third row of the grid with Audi team-mate Filipe Albuquerque who qualified sixth.

Robert Wickens is again the top Mercedes man in seventh following on from his maiden podium last time out at Brands Hatch.

Championship-leader Mike Rockenfeller had set a time good enough for eighth but the Audi-man carried a five-place penalty into session following a yellow-flag infringement during practice, demoting the German to 13th.

BMW's Martin Tomczyk was the first to benefit from Rockenfeller's penalty to take eighth in front of
Gary Paffett, who despite not setting a time during Q3 due to an engine issue lines up ninth.

BMW's Dirk Werner completes the top ten in tenth.


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