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Bortolotti Storms to Sunday Oschersleben Pole

Mirko Bortolotti narrowly defeats Luca Stolz in Sunday qualifying at Oschersleben…

Photo: Gruppe C Photography

Mirko Bortolotti secured his sixth DTM career pole position by topping qualifying for the Sunday race at Oschersleben.

The Lamborghini factory driver steered the No. 92 SSR Performance Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 to a best lap of 1:21.800.

In the process, he narrowly beat a previous effort from the No. 4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo of Luca Stolz, with the two drivers separated by a mere 0.070 seconds.

It marks Bortolotti’s first pole position in the series since last year’s Sunday qualifying session at the Sachsenring – a race he went on to win.

Saturday race winner Jack Aitken slotted into third in the No. 14 Emil Frey Racing Ferrari 296 GT3, ahead of Luca Engstler and Nicki Thiim.

Ricardo Feller was the best-placed Audi driver in seventh, 0.318 seconds down on pole position.

Maximilian Paul picked up eighth aboard the No. 71 Paul Motorsport Lamborghini, briefly running as high as fourth before  dropping back down.

The No. 69 Emil Frey Ferrari of Thierry Vermeulen and the No. 130 Mercedes-AMG Team Winward entry of Maro Engel rounded out the top ten.

Clemens Schmid gave Doerr Motorsport its best qualifying result in DTM to date by putting the No. 85 McLaren 720S GT3 Evo eleventh on the grid, just ahead of Kelvin van der Linde, Lucas Auer and Sheldon van der Linde.

The second DTM race is scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m. CEST (7:30 a.m. EDT).

RESULTS: Qualifying 2

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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