Joel powered to the eighth fastest time overall in a thrilling DTM qualifying session at Norisring on Sunday morning, going third quickest among the BMW contingent as just seven hundredths of a second separated five of the Bavarian marque’s six cars around the streets of Nuremberg.
Joel slotted into a group of BMWs that occupied positions six to ten, headed by 2017 Norisring winner Bruno Spengler.
Spengler’s time, however, was just a mere hundredth of a second faster than Marco Wittmann and Joel could manage, with Philipp Eng and Timo Glock also posting near-identical times for P9 and P10 respectively.
The final BMW of Augusto Farfus slotted into 14thplace.
The session was ultimately controlled by Mercedes, who locked out the top five positions courtesy of pole-setter Daniel Juncadella, Gary Paffett (who is under investigation for blocking), Lucas Auer, Paul Di Resta and Saturday winner Edoardo Mortara.
Joel started off the session by holding P11 following the first runs, but managed to improve his time during the second new-tyre attempts to jump up to eighth.
The session was then disrupted by a red flag just moments afterwards, as Robin Frijns came to a halt at the Grundig hairpin.
Once Frijns’ Audi had been retrieved, running then resumed with just three minutes left on the clock, but the time available proved too short to allow for any improvements.
As it was, Joel thus wound up eighth on the timesheets – 0.234s off Juncadella’s pole time – laying a solid foundation for the up-coming race this afternoon as he bids to once again bring home valuable DTM championship points.
Results – Qualifying 2
WEEKEND TIME TABLE
All times local (GMT+02:00)
DTM | Round 4
Friday 22 June
Free Practice 1: 16.30-17.00
Saturday 23 June
Free Practice 2: 08.30-09.00
Qualifying 1: 10.20-10.40
Race 1: 13.30-14.30
Sunday 24 June
Free Practice 3: 08.30-09.00
Qualifying 2: 11.10-11.30
Race 2: 13.30-14.30