Spa DTM: Rast denies Frijns pole for second race

Rene Rast prevented Audi stablemate Robin Frijns from taking a clean sweep of pole positions in the DTM season opener at Spa-Francorchamps after topping the second qualifying on Sunday.

Spa DTM: Rast denies Frijns pole for second race

Frijns, who started Saturday’s race from pole but slipped down to ninth, had led the timesheets after the first runs with a time of 2m04.868s.

He lowered his benchmark in the second half of the session, lapping the Belgian circuit in 2m04.484s to claim provisional pole.

However, Rast denied Frijns pole position with a late 2m01.199s flyer to snatch the top spot, as Frijns settled for second place on the grid.

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Nico Muller was another four tenths adrift as Audi locked the top three spots, while Sheldon van der Linde put a BMW on the second row of the grid with a time of 2m04.987s.

Philipp Eng and Timo Glock verified BMW’s improved qualifying showing as they set the fifth and sixth fastest laptimes respectively, but both more than a second off the pace of polesitter Rast.

The two BMW drivers demoted Audi’s Jamie Green to seventh, with Marco Wittmann (BMW) finishing just 0.010s behind in eighth.

The top 10 was completed by new BMW recruit Lucas Auer and the Audi of Mike Rockenfeller.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica qualified 12th in an ART-run BMW, behind the factory BMW of Jonathan Aberdein, but ahead of the Audi of Loic Duval, who lost what could have been the seventh-fastest time of qualifying due to a track limits violation.

WRT drivers Fabio Scherer and Harrison Newey propped up the field in 14th and 15th places, while their teammate Ferdinand Habsburg failed to set a competitive lap time following his crash in practice on Saturday, which forced him to miss the opening race.

Qualifying 2 results:

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 33 Germany René Rast
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 2'04.199
2 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 2'04.484 0.285
3 51 Switzerland Nico Müller
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 2'04.797 0.598
4 31 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 2'04.987 0.788
5 99 Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 2'05.198 0.999
6 25 Austria Philipp Eng
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 2'05.383 1.184
7 16 Germany Timo Glock
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 2'05.535 1.336
8 53 United Kingdom Jamie Green
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 2'05.691 1.492
9 11 Germany Marco Wittmann
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 2'05.701 1.502
10 22 Austria Lucas Auer
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 2'05.738 1.539
11 27 South Africa Jonathan Aberdein
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 2'06.003 1.804
12 8 Poland Robert Kubica
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 2'06.169 1.970
13 28 France Loic Duval
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 2'06.305 2.106
14 13 Switzerland Fabio Scherer
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 2'06.612 2.413
15 10 United Kingdom Harrison Newey
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 2'06.705 2.506
16 62 Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

 

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