Spa DTM: Rast denies Frijns pole for second race

Rachit Thukral
motorsport.com

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.

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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:

1

33

Germany
Germany

René Rast

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

2'04.199

 

2

4

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

2'04.484

0.285

3

51

Switzerland
Switzerland

Nico Müller

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

2'04.797

0.598

4

31

South Africa
South Africa

Sheldon Van Der Linde

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

2'04.987

0.788

5

99

Germany
Germany

Mike Rockenfeller

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

2'05.198

0.999

6

25

Austria
Austria

Philipp Eng

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

2'05.383

1.184

7

16

Germany
Germany

Timo Glock

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

2'05.535

1.336

8

53

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jamie Green

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

2'05.691

1.492

9

11

Germany
Germany

Marco Wittmann

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

2'05.701

1.502

10

22

Austria
Austria

Lucas Auer

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

2'05.738

1.539

11

27

South Africa
South Africa

Jonathan Aberdein

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

2'06.003

1.804

12

8

Poland
Poland

Robert Kubica

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

2'06.169

1.970

13

28

France
France

Loic Duval

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

2'06.305

2.106

14

13

Switzerland
Switzerland

Fabio Scherer

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

2'06.612

2.413

15

10

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Harrison Newey

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

2'06.705

2.506

16

62

Austria
Austria

Ferdinand Habsburg

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

 

 

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