Green takes pole for landmark DTM race
“I will put my car on pole,” Audi’s Jamie Green announced – with remarkable prescience – during in a brief TV interview prior to qualifying for Sunday’s landmark 500th DTM race at the Lausitzring.
The Briton duly delivered: his first qualifying attempt, in which he posted a lap-time of 1m35.397s, could not be bettered by any driver during the session. For Green, it was his first pole position of the season, and the 14th of his DTM career.
Back to the front
“It’s been quite a while since I last was on pole,” said Green, referring to his most recent pole-position, at Spielberg back in 2017. “I’m extremely happy. It shows that I still have the raw pace. It’s been a very hard year and a half, so to get a pole again is really good for the confidence – for me and for the whole crew on my car. It’s just nice!”
The only driver to make a significant improvement on the second runs was WRT Audi protégé Jonathan Aberdein, who came within 0.011s of eclipsing Green’s pole-winning time. He emulated his stellar qualifying performance from Misano earlier this year by putting his car second on the grid.
Championship rivals set for another battle
With Nico Müller and René Rast in third and fourth place respectively, the two main championship contenders will line up alongside each other on the second row of the grid. Dutchman Robin Frijns completed the Audi quintet in fifth place.
Again, Marco Wittmann was the best-placed BMW driver with the sixth-fastest time. “What makes us positive, is that we’re again the best-placed BMW. Now, of course, it’s important to have an equally good start in the race, move up to the front and put the others under pressure. It won’t be easy, but it is what it is and we have to make the best out of it.”
He did manage to improve his own personal best time on his second attempt, but didn’t gain any positions, even dropping one place further down the ranking as Aberdein moved up into second place in the closing stages of the session.
Loïc Duval and Pietro Fittipaldi ended up in seventh and eighth position s, the Brazilian ensuring that both WRT cars again were in the top 10. Timo Glock and Mike Rockenfeller were classified ninth and 10th. Paul Di Resta was the pace-setting R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver in 15th.