​Two Audi cars again on front row

Rain in the morning caused the warm-up practice to be stopped early. In qualifying, difficult conditions prevailed again, which two DTM Champions coped with best: Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller.

Both kept taking turns at the top of the timesheets before Mattias Ekström in the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline secured the top spot on the grid on his last lap – for the first time since the 2012 DTM opening race at the Hockenheimring and for the 20th time in his DTM career.  

“The conditions were very difficult,” said the Swede. “There was a lot of water on the track. Maybe, in the end, the fact that we extensively tested here in the rain before helped me a little.”