Misano DTM: Rast on pole again, trouble for Dovizioso

Audi's Rene Rast made it a clean sweep of pole positions at Misano ahead of Sunday's finale, while Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso nudged the barriers after an early error.

Misano DTM: Rast on pole again, trouble for Dovizioso

Dovizioso made a mistake on his first flying lap at the tight Turn 14 hairpin, locking up and drifting wide into the gravel before gently touching the barrier to cause a red flag.

After asking for assistance in reversing the WRT Audi out of the gravel, Dovizioso continued and rejoined the session when the green flag was waved. 

The early delay meant Rast did not repeat his Saturday strategy of setting a banker lap in the first runs in order to conserve tyres. 

Rast placed second after the first runs behind Audi stablemate Robin Frijns, with the provisional polesitter deciding against making a second run. 

The DTM championship leader then fired in a 1m25.384s lap in the final minutes of the session to jump ahead of Frijns by 0.070s. 

Audi again dominated the timesheets, this time by locking out the top five positions. 

Jonathan Aberdein secured third on the grid for the WRT Audi squad ahead of Nico Muller, while Pietro Fittipaldi took his best qualifying result by sealing fifth. 

Saturday race winner Marco Wittmann was the leading BMW in sixth place ahead of Loic Duval. 

BMW's Joel Eriksson retired with a technical problem in Saturday's race, but recovered to lead the times during the first runs before eventually settling for eighth. 

Philipp Eng was ninth ahead of Timo Glock, who set a late best lap after failing to see a competitive time during the first runs.

Dovizioso would eventually take 14th, lapping 1.3s off Rast's benchmark, placing behind Mike Rockenfeller and Bruno Spengler on the grid.

Jake Dennis was the lead R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver in 15th, placing ahead of Daniel Juncadella, Paul di Resta and Ferdinand Habsburg.

Qualifying results:

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 33 Germany René Rast
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'25.384
2 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'25.454 0.070
3 27 South Africa Jonathan Aberdein
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'25.584 0.200
4 51 Switzerland Nico Müller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'25.632 0.248
5 21 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'25.659 0.275
6 11 Germany Marco Wittmann
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'25.764 0.380
7 28 France Loic Duval
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'25.767 0.383
8 47 Sweden Joel Eriksson
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'25.803 0.419
9 25 Austria Philipp Eng
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'25.805 0.421
10 16 Germany Timo Glock
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'25.814 0.430
11 31 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'25.981 0.597
12 99 Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'26.005 0.621
13 7 Canada Bruno Spengler
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'26.458 1.074
14 34 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Audi RS5 DTM 1'26.703 1.319
15 76 United Kingdom Jake Dennis
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'26.831 1.447
16 23 Spain Daniel Juncadella
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'27.009 1.625
17 3 United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'27.198 1.814
18 62 Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'27.325 1.941
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