Brands Hatch DTM: Rast on pole, Audi locks out top eight

Rene Rast took his fifth pole position of the 2019 DTM season in qualifying for Sunday’s Brands Hatch race, as Audi locked out the top eight grid slots.

Rast led the times after the first runs by setting a lap in 1m15.696s and returned to the track in the final five minutes to improve his time by over half a second.

That meant the Audi driver’s 1m15.134s lap remained the benchmark as the manufacturer swept the front four rows of the grid for the second race of the weekend.

Loic Duval improved late on to displace Robin Frijns, who suffered a dramatic exhaust manifold problem in Saturdays race, with Frijns setting two consecutive improvements for third.

Jamie Green ended the session in fourth ahead of Assen race winner Mike Rockenfeller and title contender Nico Muller.

Pietro Fittipaldi recovered from a sizeable crash in Saturday’s qualifying to seal seventh after his WRT Audi car rebuilt his RS5 DTM overnight, ahead of teammate Jonathan Aberdein.

Philipp Eng was the leading BMW driver in ninth, ahead of the top R-Motorsport Aston Martin of Dani Juncadella.

Saturday race winner Marco Wittmann, who had led the session after the first flying laps before tumbling down the order, ended up 12th behind fellow BMW man Timo Glock.

Paul di Resta was unable to replicate his Saturday qualifying performance that played a part in his surprise opening race lead and ended up 15th in the second-highest Aston.

Session results:

133 René RastAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’15.134 
228 Loic DuvalAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’15.4320.298
34 Robin FrijnsAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’15.8340.700
453 Jamie GreenAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’15.9190.785
599 Mike RockenfellerAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’15.9590.825
651 Nico MüllerAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’15.9680.834
721 Pietro FittipaldiAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’16.0150.881
827 Jonathan AberdeinAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’16.0160.882
925 Philipp EngBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’16.1751.041
1023 Daniel JuncadellaAston Martin Vantage DTM1’16.2571.123
1116 Timo GlockBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’16.2741.140
1211 Marco WittmannBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’16.2961.162
1331 Sheldon Van Der LindeBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’10.396 
1447 Joel ErikssonBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’16.4251.291
153 Paul di RestaAston Martin Vantage DTM1’16.7101.576
167 Bruno SpenglerBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’16.7151.581
1776 Jake DennisAston Martin Vantage DTM1’16.8051.671
1862 Ferdinand HabsburgAston Martin Vantage DTM1’16.9971.863

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