Nurburgring DTM: Rast extends points lead with pole

Rene Rast took his seventh pole position of the 2019 DTM season at the Nurburgring, with BMW making a surprise improvement as Bruno Spengler sealed a front-row start.

Nurburgring DTM: Rast extends points lead with pole

Rast's final-minute lap, a 1m19.642s,  was enough to secure pole, as BMW put up sterner opposition in a bid to secure its first pole since the Brands Hatch opener in August.

While Rast was placed under investigation for speeding in the pitlane, he was only hit with a 50 euro fine for the transgression.

Spengler's 1m19.822s best was enough for second and put him clear of Rast's main title rival Nico Muller.

Muller managed to jump from the fringes of the top 10 to third in the last minute, allowing Rast to grow his title advantage by two points to a margin of 22 with four races remaining.

Mike Rockenfeller - who topped yesterday's second practice session - qualified in fourth ahead of WRT Audi's Jonathan Aberdein, with the pair both taking it in turns to lead the times during the session.

Sheldon van der Linde also briefly topped the times during a flurry of late fast laps at the Nurburgring but was shuffled down to sixth ahead of BMW stablemate Timo Glock.

Loic Duval, Jamie Green and Robin Frijns made it seven Audis in the top 10 by taking eighth, ninth and 10th respectively.

Marco Wittmann was a surprising 11th, having seen an initial bid at a fast lap hindered by coming across Green at the Coca-Cola Kurve right before beginning his effort. He also ran wide at the long Mercedes Arena bend minutes later.

WRT's Pietro Fittipaldi was 12th ahead of BMW's Philipp Eng, who caused a late yellow flag when he pulled off the track with a gearbox-related problem.

Paul di Resta was the leading R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver in 14th.

UPDATE: Following qualifying, both Eng and Jake Dennis, who qualified 16th, were disqualified for "illegal work under parc ferme conditions", according to a DMSB bulletin.

Session results:

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 33 Germany René Rast
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'19.642
2 7 Canada Bruno Spengler
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'19.822 0.180
3 51 Switzerland Nico Müller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'19.908 0.266
4 99 Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'19.914 0.272
5 27 South Africa Jonathan Aberdein
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'19.943 0.301
6 31 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'20.108 0.466
7 16 Germany Timo Glock
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'20.141 0.499
8 28 France Loic Duval
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'20.177 0.535
9 53 United Kingdom Jamie Green
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'20.196 0.554
10 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'20.215 0.573
11 11 Germany Marco Wittmann
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'20.468 0.826
12 21 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'20.485 0.843
13 25 Austria Philipp Eng
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'20.496 0.854
14 3 United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'20.502 0.860
15 47 Sweden Joel Eriksson
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'20.559 0.917
16 76 United Kingdom Jake Dennis
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'20.686 1.044
17 23 Spain Daniel Juncadella
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'20.750 1.108
18 62 Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'25.139 5.497
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