Nicki Thiim takes his first pole in the DTM at Norisring

7 Jul. 2024 • 12:39
A special moment for Nicki Thiim in the DTM: the Lamborghini driver from SSR Performance produced the fastest lap of the weekend so far in qualifying at the Norisring on Sunday, stopping the clock at 48.785 seconds. Thiim will now start race two from the front of the grid for the first time in his DTM career. Having finished fourth in Saturday’s race, the Dane is definitely moving in the right direction.
© ADAC Media

“I am speechless. It may only have been qualifying, but after what has been a rather disappointing season for me so far, this pole position feels incredible. You are up against the best of the best in the DTM, so there is a certain learning process. Plus, both SSR Performance cars are on the front row of the grid. That is a great starting position,” said a delighted Thiim, who set the top time in Group A.


Lining up alongside him for race eight of this season’s DTM will be his team-mate Mirko Bortolotti, who was the fastest driver in Group B. “I used every centimetre out there on the track. My wing mirror actually touched the wall. I am super happy with my fastest lap. We started qualifying on a set of used tyres, as it started to drizzle shortly before the start of the session. I then went back out on fresh slicks for the closing stages, which was a good strategy,” the Italian explained.


Maro Engel will start his 100th DTM race from third place in a Mercedes-AMG GT3. Championship leader Kelvin van der Linde from the Abt Sportsline team lines up in fourth place. Maximilian Paul from Paul Motorsport starts from fifth, ensuring there are three Lamborghini in the top five.


Group B kicked off qualifying at 09:20 on Sunday. With the track damp at first, the ten drivers initially took a cautious approach, before the best times started to come in the final third of qualifying. Bortolotti produced the fastest lap shortly before the end of the session. However, Kelvin van der Linde was just 0.08 seconds slower than the Italian.


Five minutes later, Group A took to the 2.162-kilometre street circuit in Nuremberg and clocked faster times in better conditions. After a number of impressive laps, Thiim’s pole lap came with five minutes of the session remaining. Engel climbed into second place in the final few seconds.


The two qualifying sessions at the Norisring were each held in two start groups, based on the results of Free Practice. Nicki Thiim was the fastest driver of all in qualifying on Sunday, and consequently starts from pole position. Lining up next to him in second place on the grid is Mirko Bortolotti as the fastest from the other group. Maro Engel, who set the second best time in the pole-sitter’s group, starts third, before fourth place switches back to the other group. Apart from the pole-sitter, the starting order is not only determined by the times set, but also the positions in the qualifying sessions.


Results are HERE


Log in to comment the article