The lap instances had been considerably faster than apply on Friday, with HRT Mercedes driver Maximilian Gotz going half a second faster than Philip Ellis’ FP2 benchmark with a 1m47.158s on his first flyer.
Abt Sportsline’s Kelvin van der Linde was the primary driver to interrupt the 1m47s barrier with a 1m47.002s, earlier than Winward Mercedes’ Lucas Auer moved the goalposts additional with a 1m46.590s.
Abril then discovered much more time within the second HRT AMG GT3, ending the primary run on high with a time of 1m46.488s.
Extra enhancements had been anticipated when the sphere returned to the observe within the closing 5 minutes, however solely DTM returnee Daniel Juncadella was capable of trouble the frontrunners, going second with a 1m45.560s.
That put Abril on pole place for the DTM’s first race underneath GT3 rules, the Frenchman remaining unchallenged regardless of opting to pit earlier than finishing a timed lap on his second run.
Juncadella ended up 0.072s behind in second, with Auer one other 0.030s adrift in third within the Winward Mercedes.
Testing pacesetter Gotz made it a Mercedes high 4 clear sweep, as Esteban Muth moved as much as fifth with a last-gasp effort of 41m46.863s within the T3 Lamborghini.
Kelvin van der Linde, Abt Sportsline Audi R8 LMS GT3
Photograph by: Alexander Trienitz
Ellis was categorized sixth within the Winward Mercedes, with Crimson Bull protege Liam Lawson qualifying seventh with a time of 1m46.900s within the AF Corse-run Ferrari.
Final yr’s DTM runner up Nico Muller was the highest Audi qualifier in eighth within the Group Rosberg-run R8 LMS, with van der Linde ending simply 0.065s behind in ninth.
Maximilian Buhk, deputising for the absent Gary Paffett on Formula E reserve duty in Puebla, rounded out the highest 10 forward of Mike Rockenfeller (Abt Audi), Esmee Hawkey (T3 Lamborghini) and Arjun Maini (GetSpeed Mercedes).
Alex Albon certified a disappointing 14th within the second of the AF Corse Ferraris, ending up 9 tenths off the highest spot.
BMW struggled for tempo in Monza qualifying, with the marque’s high runner and Walkenhorst driver Marco Wittmann solely fifteenth forward of Rowe Racing M6 duo Sheldon van der Linde and Timo Glock.