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.
|1||33||René Rast||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1’15.134|
|2||28||Loic Duval||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1’15.432||0.298|
|3||4||Robin Frijns||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1’15.834||0.700|
|4||53||Jamie Green||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1’15.919||0.785|
|5||99||Mike Rockenfeller||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1’15.959||0.825|
|6||51||Nico Müller||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1’15.968||0.834|
|7||21||Pietro Fittipaldi||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1’16.015||0.881|
|8||27||Jonathan Aberdein||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1’16.016||0.882|
|9||25||Philipp Eng||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1’16.175||1.041|
|10||23||Daniel Juncadella||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1’16.257||1.123|
|11||16||Timo Glock||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1’16.274||1.140|
|12||11||Marco Wittmann||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1’16.296||1.162|
|13||31||Sheldon Van Der Linde||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1’10.396|
|14||47||Joel Eriksson||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1’16.425||1.291|
|15||3||Paul di Resta||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1’16.710||1.576|
|16||7||Bruno Spengler||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1’16.715||1.581|
|17||76||Jake Dennis||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1’16.805||1.671|
|18||62||Ferdinand Habsburg||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1’16.997||1.863|
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