Nico Muller takes pole position in first Norisring qualifying

Nico Müller has taken pole position for the first DTM round at the Norisring.

The Swiss driver, driving for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, posted a time of 00:46:337 to take the top spot in a session where all fast laps were posted in the first stint. Müller's pole continues to show the strong form he's been enjoying, picking up where he left off after his victory in Misano.

The pole time was barely enough to hold off the BMW M4 DTM of Philipp Eng, who was just seven-hundredths of a second back with 00:46:412. The second row for this afternoon's race will be filled by Audi's Loic Duval and BMW's Bruno Spengler, who were both under two-tenths slower than polesitter Müller.

In fifth place, Rene Rast had a difficult and frustrating session in Nuremberg. The German repeatedly tried to improve his time in the second stint but found himself caught up in traffic multiple times, leading to him venting his frustration over team radio. His 00:46:524 put him just 0.002s ahead of Joel Eriksson, who came sixth. 

The top ten was completed by local hero Marco Wittmann, Mike Rockenfeller, Jonathan Aberdein and a returning Jamie Green. Green sat out the last round in Misano after being diagnosed with appendicitis.

Aston Martin visibly struggled on the Nuremberg streets, with the four R-Motorsport drivers locking out the final three positions on the grid, with Paul di Resta ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Jake Dennis. Daniel Juncadella qualified in 13th place.

Norisring 1 - Qualifying Result

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Flag   Nico Muller Audi Team Abt Sportsline 0:46.337
2 Flag   Philipp Eng BMW Team RBM 0:46.412 0.075
3 Flag   Loic Duval Audi Team Phoenix 0:46.485 0.148
4 Flag   Bruno Spengler BMW Team RBM 0:46.492 0.155
5 Flag   Rene Rast Audi Team Rosberg 0:46.524 0.187
6 Flag   Joel Eriksson BMW Team RBM 0:46.527 0.190
7 Flag   Marco Wittmann BMW Team RMG 0:46.532 0.195
8 Flag   Mike Rockenfeller Audi Team Phoenix 0:46.552 0.215
9 Flag   Jonathan Aberdein Audi WRT Racing 0:46.617 0.280
10 Flag   Jamie Green Audi Team Rosberg 0:46.728 0.391
11 Flag   Robin Frijns Audi Team Abt Sportsline 0:46.782 0.445
12 Flag   Sheldon Van Der Linde BMW Team RBM 0:46.813 0.476
13 Flag   Daniel Juncadella Aston Martin R-Motorsport 0:46.893 0.556
14 Flag   Timo Glock BMW Team RMG 0:46.898 0.561
15 Flag   Pietro Fittipaldi Audi WRT Racing 0:47.029 0.692
16 Flag   Paul di Resta Aston Martin R-Motorsport 0:47.125 0.788
17 Flag   Ferdinand von Habsburg Aston Martin R-Motorsport 0:47.221 0.884
18 Flag   Jake Dennis Aston Martin R-Motorsport 0:47.276 0.939