Assen DTM: Wittmann beats Rast to Saturday pole
BMW's Marco Wittmann sealed pole position for the DTM's opening race at Assen.
Wittmann's first pole position since the Zolder opener in May came after he edged out Audi's Rene Rast on the first flying runs by just 0.158s thanks to a 1m25.434s lap.
That time went unbeaten and the second flying lap runs were delayed when R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver Jake Dennis slowed to a halt at the Ramshoek bend and caused a red flag.
Once Dennis's Aston Martin Vantage was towed back to the garage, the session resumed and in the final five minutes, few drivers appeared capable of dislodging Wittmann.
Rast's last flyer started promisingly with a first sector that put him in contention for pole but the Audi driver then had a poor second and third sector that left him second on the grid.
Audi stablemate Nico Muller had looked set to challenge for pole until he got briefly sideways on the entry to the Geert Timmer chicane and put two wheels onto the gravel, having his laptime deleted.
That meant Loic Duval helped seal an all-Audi top four with WRT's Pietro Fittipaldi an impressive fourth for his best qualifying result of his rookie DTM season.
BMW's Timo Glock had been Audi's closest challenger during Friday's free practice sessions and he sealed fifth ahead of Muller.
Sheldon van der Linde had his best lap deleted in the first runs and headed straight out following the red flag to set a time good enough for seventh on an empty track.
Norisring race winner Bruno Spengler was eighth ahead of fellow BMW drivers Philipp Eng and Joel Eriksson.
WRT Audi privateer Jonathan Aberdein was 11th ahead of local driver and practice pacesetter Robin Frijns, who had an oil pressure problem.
Daniel Juncadella was the leading R-Motorsport driver in 15th, qualifying ahead of Paul di Resta, Ferdinand Habsburg and Dennis, who did not return to the session following his earlier problem.
|1||11|| Marco Wittmann ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||6||1'25.434|
|2||33|| René Rast ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||7||1'25.592||0.158|
|3||28|| Loic Duval ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||8||1'25.749||0.315|
|4||21|| Pietro Fittipaldi ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||9||1'25.751||0.317|
|5||16|| Timo Glock ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||8||1'25.853||0.419|
|6||51|| Nico Müller ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||9||1'25.855||0.421|
|7||31|| Sheldon Van Der Linde ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||9||1'25.856||0.422|
|8||7|| Bruno Spengler ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||8||1'26.004||0.570|
|9||25|| Philipp Eng ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||8||1'26.056||0.622|
|10||47|| Joel Eriksson ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||8||1'26.210||0.776|
|11||27|| Jonathan Aberdein ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||8||1'26.387||0.953|
|12||4|| Robin Frijns ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||10||1'26.454||1.020|
|13||53|| Jamie Green ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||10||1'26.479||1.045|
|14||99|| Mike Rockenfeller ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||10||1'26.487||1.053|
|15||23|| Daniel Juncadella ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||10||1'26.657||1.223|
|16||3|| Paul di Resta ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||8||1'26.907||1.473|
|17||62|| Ferdinand Habsburg ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||10||1'27.218||1.784|
|18||76|| Jake Dennis ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||4||1'27.241||1.807|
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