Lausitz DTM: Green beats Aberdein to Sunday pole

Jamie Green took his first pole position of the 2019 DTM season at the Lausitzring ahead of the series' 500th race.

Lausitz DTM: Green beats Aberdein to Sunday pole

Green went top of the times during the first runs and set the ultimate benchmark of 1m35.397s, with title contenders Nico Muller and Rene Rast unable to improve their efforts in the final minutes of the session.

That meant WRT Audi's Jonathan Aberdein was able to set three personal best sectors to launch himself from a provisional ninth place on the grid up to second and a place on the front row.

As a result, Saturday race winner Muller will line up third on the grid and scored a point that lowers his gap to championship leader Rast to just 13 points ahead of Sunday's race.

But Rast, who retired from yesterday's race due to a suspected sensor problem, will start alongside Muller on the second row of the grid after qualifying fourth.

Robin Frijns ensured it was an all-Audi top five ahead of the best-placed BMW M4 DTM of outside title contender Marco Wittmann.

Loic Duval was one of a few drivers to improve his time significantly in the second runs and moved to seventh ahead of the second WRT Audi of Pietro Fittipaldi.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock was the second-highest placed BMW in ninth ahead of Mike Rockenfeller, who secured a podium in Saturday's Lausitzring race.

The remaining four BMWs locked out 11th through 14th with Sheldon van der Linde leading Joel Eriksson, Philipp Eng and Bruno Spengler.

Paul di Resta was the quickest R-Motorsport driver and placed his Aston Martin Vantage DTM 15th on the grid ahead of Jake Dennis, Ferdinand Habsburg and Daniel Juncadella.

Qualifying results

Cla # Driver Car Laps Time Gap
1 53 United Kingdom Jamie Green
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 8 1'35.397
2 27 South Africa Jonathan Aberdein
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 9 1'35.498 0.101
3 51 Switzerland Nico Müller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 7 1'35.548 0.151
4 33 Germany René Rast
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 9 1'35.609 0.212
5 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 8 1'35.628 0.231
6 11 Germany Marco Wittmann
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 8 1'35.647 0.250
7 28 France Loic Duval
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 8 1'35.677 0.280
8 21 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 8 1'35.747 0.350
9 16 Germany Timo Glock
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 9 1'35.843 0.446
10 99 Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 8 1'35.891 0.494
11 31 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 8 1'35.907 0.510
12 47 Sweden Joel Eriksson
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 9 1'36.035 0.638
13 25 Austria Philipp Eng
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 7 1'36.314 0.917
14 7 Canada Bruno Spengler
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 8 1'36.327 0.930
15 3 United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 9 1'36.555 1.158
16 76 United Kingdom Jake Dennis
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 9 1'36.667 1.270
17 62 Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 9 1'37.112 1.715
18 23 Spain Daniel Juncadella
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 10 1'37.130 1.733
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