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Hockenheim: Da Costa secures pole on final DTM weekend

BMW's Antonio Felix da Costa will start his penultimate DTM race from pole position after beating Miguel Molina at Hockenheim.
BMW's Antonio Felix da Costa will start his penultimate race in the DTM from pole position ahead of Audi's Miguel Molina at the Hockenheimring.

Da Costa is leaving the DTM following this weekend's season finale but the Team Schnitzer driver has ensured he won't be saying goodbye with a whimper after securing his second pole position in the series.

Under the backdrop of a championship still to be decided, points leader Marco Wittmann led the times following the first set of runs, but it was Da Costa who ultimately prevailed as times continued to tumble.

The Portuguese driver converted his promising practice pace with a blistering 1 minute 32.344 second lap, which put Da Costa exactly 0.1s ahead of Audi's Molina in second.

Unable to make any gargantuan improvements, Wittmann eventually dropped to fourth behind fellow BMW stablemate Tom Blomqvist but crucially out-qualified his main threat to the title Edoardo Mortara, who ended up in eighth.

Team RBM's Maxime Martin completed BMW's top-five supremacy ahead of Team Abt's Mike Rockenfeller in sixth.

Augusto Farfus and Timo Glock further increased BMW's top-ten stranglehold in seventh and ninth while FP2 pacesetter Nico Muller had to settle for tenth.

While BMW and Audi excelled towards the front, the same couldn't be said for Mercedes.

Despite Felix Rosenqvist featuring well up the order after the first set of runs, not one C63 Coupe made the top-ten as Paul di Resta's twelfth place effort proved the high point of Mercedes' qualifying run.



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Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit DTM]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Paul di Resta - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA  [pic credit Mercedes]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Timo Scheider - Audi Sport Team Phoenix [pic credit Audi]

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