Zolder DTM: Habsburg takes shock pole from Rast

Ferdinand Habsburg delivered WRT Audi’s first pole position in the DTM by beating Rene Rast in a tightly-contested qualifying session at Zolder on Sunday.

Zolder DTM: Habsburg takes shock pole from Rast

Fresh off his maiden podium in Saturday’s race, Habsburg fought for pole with form man Rast in the second qualifying, the two trading the times at the top of the timesheets.

Much like the first qualifying session of the weekend, Rast set the early benchmark with a 1m19.578s, before improving by a second to 1m18.489s on his second flyer. However, his fastest time was deleted for a breach of track limits, leaving him down in 13th place after the first set of runs.

Fabio Scherer led a surprise 1-2 for customer Audi team WRT at this point, leading Habsburg by just 0.023s, with BMW’s Jonathan Aberdein a further 0.028s behind.

After the drivers returned on track in the final five minutes of the session, Rast returned to the top of the charts with a time of 1m18.948s - only a tenth slower than lap with which he took pole on Saturday.

However, it proved to be insufficient for the top spot on the grid, Habsburg denying him a a third pole in four qualifying sessions with his final effort of 1m18.879s.

Robin Frijns qualified third fastest in the top Abt Audi car, only a tenth down on Habsburg, with Scherer making it two WRTs in the first two rows despite failing to improve on his second run.

Nico Muller, who lost his championship lead to Rast on Saturday, was only 0.156s slower than polesitter Habsburg, but it was only good enough for the fifth spot on the grid.

Aberdein again qualified as the top BMW driver in sixth, ahead of the Audi of Jamie Green, with Philipp Eng (BMW) a further two tenths behind in eighth. The top 10 was completed by the Audi of Mike Rockenfeller and ART BMW’s star driver Robert Kubica.

Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann again endured a difficult session, qualifying the last among the BMW stable in 15th place, only ahead on the grid of Loic Duval’s substitute Benoit Treluyer (Audi).

In a session where the temperature stayed below the 10C mark, the top 15 drivers were separated by just 0.9s, with debutant Treluyer the only driver missing the one-second cut.

Qualifying results:

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 62 Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'18.879
2 33 Germany René Rast
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'18.948 0.069
3 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'18.984 0.105
4 13 Switzerland Fabio Scherer
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.012 0.133
5 51 Switzerland Nico Müller
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.035 0.156
6 27 South Africa Jonathan Aberdein
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.063 0.184
7 53 United Kingdom Jamie Green
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.101 0.222
8 25 Austria Philipp Eng
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.333 0.454
9 99 Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.388 0.509
10 8 Poland Robert Kubica
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.412 0.533
11 31 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.462 0.583
12 10 United Kingdom Harrison Newey
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.468 0.589
13 22 Austria Lucas Auer
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.488 0.609
14 16 Germany Timo Glock
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.540 0.661
15 11 Germany Marco Wittmann
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'19.725 0.846
16 19 France Benoit Tréluyer
Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'20.201 1.322
shares
comments

Related video

Zolder DTM: Rast grabs points lead with Saturday win
Previous article

Zolder DTM: Rast grabs points lead with Saturday win

Next article

Zolder DTM: Rast takes dominant win, Kubica on the podium

Zolder DTM: Rast takes dominant win, Kubica on the podium
Load comments
How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir Prime

How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir

OPINION: Questionable driving standards and farcical team orders meant the DTM's first season under GT3 regulations ended under a cloud. But the organisation has responded firmly by banning team orders and welcomed new manufacturers, making for an intriguing season ahead as new and returning names prepare for battle.

DTM
Mar 30, 2022
The remarkable career of 'classy' champion Martin Tomczyk Prime

The remarkable career of 'classy' champion Martin Tomczyk

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of teammates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with Motorsport.com to look back.

GT
Mar 5, 2022
Jamie Green: The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival Prime

Jamie Green: The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival

On his rise through the ranks before reaching Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton was usually a cut above the rest. But he never truly asserted himself over a Mercedes-backed fellow Briton who traded single-seaters for touring cars and is now seeking new opportunities after a year largely spent on the sidelines.

DTM
Dec 18, 2021
How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions Prime

How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions

OPINION: The scenes at the Norisring as Mercedes used blatant team orders to secure the first DTM title of the new GT3 era totally undermined the credibility of the championship. But as well as overshadowing the season, it also presents uncomfortable questions to series bosses about the direction it is headed in.

DTM
Oct 12, 2021
How Audi's new DTM flagbearer is closing on his "childhood dream" Prime

How Audi's new DTM flagbearer is closing on his "childhood dream"

Having learned the ropes in GT3 alongside Rene Rast, Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way from settled just yet.

DTM
Sep 18, 2021
The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive Prime

The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive

Switching to GT3 regulations marked a fresh start for the DTM in 2021, but it has also drawn a line in the sand against other series using similar cars by engaging AVL Racing to develop a bespoke Balance of Performance system. Here’s how it works.

DTM
Jul 23, 2021
The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars Prime

The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars

OPINION: Facing collapse last year, the DTM has shifted its philosophy from a championship for silhouette-based touring cars to GT machines not too dissimilar to those racing across multiple series worldwide. But despite some initial BoP-based teething troubles, there were some pleasant findings as the 'new DTM' got underway at Monza

DTM
Jun 22, 2021
Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM Prime

Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM

The DTM moves into its bold new GT3 era with welcome support from Red Bull, which enters two AF Corse-run Ferraris. That includes one for ex-F1 driver Alex Albon, who’s determined to make a success of his GT switch

DTM
Jun 17, 2021