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DTM: Robert Wickens claims first season pole position for Mercedes-Benz (+results)

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From press release

Canadian Robert Wickens will start from pole this Sunday at the Norisring, for round 4 of the DTM season.

Robert WIckens, Mercedes C-Coupe DTM Norisring
Robert WIckens, Mercedes C-Coupe (Photo: DTM.com)

The Mercedes driver clocked a lap time of 47.883 seconds aboard his C-Coupé to claim his second career pole: "I simply like this track," said the 25-year-old.

"Like last year, I am on pole position here. I can’t thank Mercedes-Benz enough for the fact that we are in first place. The team has put in many night shifts to make this happen. For me, this is a special moment because my father is on site to support me for the first time in a long while."

DTM Norisring
(Photo: DTM.com)

His fellow Mercedes-Benz driver and former F1 driver Paul Di Resta was only 0.093 seconds slower and will be starting from the front row alongside Wickens.

2012 DTM champion Bruno Spengler is a disappointing 16th on the Norisring grid. Actually, it was a disappointing session for BMW, with only one diver (Marco Wittmann) in the top 10.

Bruno Spengler, BMW M4 DTM Norisring
Bruno Spengler, BMW M4 DTM (Photo: DTM.com)

Qualifying results – Norisring
1.Robert Wickens (Mercedes C-Coupe) - HWA - 47"883 - Q3
2.Paul Di Resta (Mercedes C-Coupe) - HWA - 47"976 - Q3
3.Jamie Green (Audi RS5) - Rosberg - 47"995 - Q3
4.Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes C-Coupe) - HWA - 48"008 - Q3
5.Gary Paffett (Mercedes C-Coupe) - HWA - 48"033 - Q3
6.Christian Vietoris (Mercedes C-Coupe) - HWA - 48"033 - Q3
7.Mattias Ekstrom (Audi RS5) - Abt - 48"079 - Q3
8.Marco Wittmann (BMW M4) - RMG - 48"210 - Q3
9.Adrien Tambay (Audi RS5) - Abt - 48"223 - Q2
10.Nico Muller (Audi RS5) - Rosberg - 48"235 - Q2
11.Maxime Martin (BMW M4) - RMG - 48"267 - Q2
12.Mike Rockenfeller (Audi RS5) - Phoenix - 48"292 - Q2
13.Timo Glock (BMW M4) - MTEK - 48"316 - Q2
14.Joey Hand (BMW M4) - RBM - 48"320 - Q2
15.Augusto Farfus (BMW M4) - RBM - 48"329 - Q2
16,Bruno Spengler (BMW M4) - Schnitzer - 48"329 - Q2
17.Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes C-Coupe) - HWA - 48"375 - Q2
18.Miguel Molina (Audi RS5) - Abt - 48"434 - Q2
19.Martin Tomczyk (BMW M4) - Schnitzer - 48"417 - Q1
20.Edoardo Mortara (Audi RS5) - Abt - 48"439 - Q1
21.Timo Scheider (Audi RS5) - Phoenix - 48"480 - Q1
22.Antonio Felix Da Costa (BMW M4) - MTEK - 48"488 - Q1
23.Vitaly Petrov (Mercedes C-Coupe) - Mucke - 48"544 - Q1

Antonio Felix da Costa, BMW M4 DTM Norisring
Antonio Felix da Costa, BMW M4 DTM (Photo: DTM.com)