Rast leads Audi dominance of Sunday Misano qualifying
Fast on Saturday, fast on Sunday: René Rast made it two out of two in qualifying at Misano, repeated his pole position feat from the previous day. In the final minute of the session, he posted a fastest lap time of 1m25.384s, toppling fellow Audi driver Robin Frijns, who completed Audi’s clean sweep of the front row after qualifying second.
For Rast, who moved into the lead of the DTM drivers’ standings after yesterday’s race, it was his seventh DTM career pole. “I’m very happy with my second pole in a row,” he said. “It wasn’t a smooth qualifying: I used two sets of tyres and actually made a mistake on my pole lap, but I scored three points for the championship and there are many Audis up front.”
Front row qualifiers Rast and Frijns were followed by three further Audi drivers. WRT Audi’s Jonathan Aberdein qualified third from Nico Müller and Pietro Fittipaldi, the latter normally being Aberdein’s teammate at WRT, but stepping in for the side-lined Jamie Green at Audi Sport Team Rosberg for this weekend’s Misano round.
Yesterday’s race winner Marco Wittmann qualified sixth, and was best-placed BMW driver. “I can be happy with being the best-placed BMW driver,” Wittmann said. “Not having been able to take part in qualifying yesterday turned out to be a slight disadvantage, I wasn’t at the top of my game today to extract the maximum performance in qualifying. Another tenth of a second could have been possibke, but certainly wasn’t enough for pole. Now, we’ll see what we can do with the strategy to get up to the front.”
Loïc Duval (Audi), Joel Eriksson, Philipp Eng and Timo Glock (all BMW) rounded out the top 10.
Three minutes and 30 seconds into the session, qualifying was red-flagged due to a brief off-track excursion by guest driver Andrea Dovizioso at Turn 14. Once the Italian MotoGP star’s Audi had been removed from the gravel bed, the action quickly resumed. Dovizioso went on to qualify in 14th place, one position ahead of Jake Dennis, who was the fastest R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver.