Rast reigns in Lausitz qualifying
For the sixth time this year, Audi’s René Rast put his RS 5 on pole position. In qualifying for the DTM’s 499th race, the German posted a lap-time of 1m35.241s – a scant .045s faster than Briton Jamie Green in a clean sweep of the front row for the Audi Sport Team Rosberg.
After the first runs, in which Green was fastest, Rast could only manage eighth; but, on his second attempt, he upped the ante with the fastest lap-time ever driven in a DTM car at the Lausitzring, adding another three championship points to his tally.
“Really tough this time,” was Rast’s initial comment. “With the first set of tyres, I made some mistakes; I didn’t drive that cleanly and was only P8. I had a bit of pressure, because I knew that Marco and Nico were ahead of me, so I had to nail it on one lap. It was a good one, and I’m in P1. Here, it is always good to be in front.”
With Abt Audi team-mates Nico Müller and Robin Frijns on the second row of the grid, Audi locked out the first four positions in qualifying after another dominant performance by the Ingolstadt-based marque.
As in yesterday’s pair of free practice sessions, Marco Wittmann was the fastest BMW driver, lining up in fifth place. “The Audis are very fast again as a team,” Wittmann said on the SAT1 live TV coverage. “However, unlike Brands Hatch, this is a circuit where you can actually overtake, so I’m still confident that we can do a good job in the race.”
Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller and Pietro Fittipaldi, in the fastest of the two WRT Audis, ended up in sixth and seventh places respectively. The Brazilian was given a warning flag after the right-hand door of his RS5 became open while on track, but he safely made it back into the pits. Philipp Eng, Timo Glock and Joel Eriksson followed in eighth to 10th positions for BMW, with Glock having had a brief tour through the gravel after missing his braking point.
Behind Loïc Duval, fastest driver on Friday, and Bruno Spengler, who celebrated his 36th birthday yesterday, Jake Dennis was the fastest driver for R-Motorsport Aston Martin, claiming an impressive 13th place.