2011 DTM : Hockenheim, Miguel Molina driving a Red Bull Audi A4 DTM takes pole!

After the round at Valencia where Martin Tomczyk (Schaeffler Audi A4 DTM) raced to the top of the driver’s standings, the final round of the 2011 DTM will be held today at Hockenheim, a German town in northwest Baden-Württemberg, in the Upper Rhine valley.

Miguel Molina, driving a Red Bull Audi A4 DTM has secured the pole position. Jamie Green (AMG Mercedes C-Class) stands second and the inevitable 2011 DTM champion Martin Tomczyk will be third on the front row.

“I’m very happy about my second pole position this year. I’ve got to thank the team that did a superb job after we had a problem with the car yesterday. I also want to thank Audi and my family for their support. I’m proud to be starting into the last race of this DTM era from the top spot on the grid. We’ve got the best starting base tomorrow and will try and do a good job to turn into the best possible result.” said  Miguel Molina.

Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Klasse) of Canada who was the runaway points leader in the DTM series early in the season but lost the lead due to a damper failure in the Oschersleben race, qualified sixth whereas Mike Rockenfeller (E-POSTBRIEF Audi A4 DTM ) and Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi A4 DTM) took the fourth and fifth positions on the grid.

Susie Wolff after Qualifying 17th at the final round of the 2011 DTM at Hockenheim

“It’s a pity. I feel that I could have done better today, but still couldn’t manage to qualify higher than 17th. Obviously, I had been hoping to be start from higher up the grid in my first race as Mrs Wolff. But there’s everything still to play for, so I’ll have to be on the prowl, just like a real wolf tomorrow.” said Susie Wolff.

Ralf Schumacher (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Klasse) managed a 13th, David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Klasse) took 16th and Susie Wolff (remember Susie Stoddart? Yes, she’s married to Toto Wolff now. Congratulations Susie!) in the TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Klasse took 17th.

Susie Wolff at Hockenheim in the fire breathing TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes2011 DTM Champion Martin Tomczyk in his Schaeffler Audi A4 DTM

“I had a clean lap in the final part of qualifying, but Miguel Molina was a little bit faster than me. I had hoped to get on pole, but second on the grid is a good starting position for the race. I won the last race of the season at the Hockenheim Ring once before, in 2007, so all being well, I can do it again tomorrow and we can round off the season with a home win for Mercedes-Benz.” said Jamie Green.

That was nice! It was really tight today, a nice way to close this year’s DTM season. After Valencia, making it into Q4 was a way of thanking my team. In the last qualifying segment it didn’t quite work out, I lost some time in the last turn. On top of that, I needed two laps in the third session. So my tires weren’t so fit anymore. Still, I’m pleased. I’ll be starting into the race alongside Mike (Rockenfeller), which is great. We’ll manage …” said Tomczyk.

David Coulthard on his 16th place, “I had hoped for more than 16th place in the final qualifying session of the season. Actually, I thought I had done enough to go through to the next stage in qualifying, since the balance of my C-Class was really good. In the cool conditions, however, getting the tyres up to temperature wasn’t easy.”

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