René Rast on top in Sunday qualifying
For points’ leader René Rast, things are going well at the Norisring. After his dominant victory in the DTM race on Saturday, the German also secured himself the best possible starting grid position for the race on Sunday, adding another three points to his championship total in the process. Rast’s time of 46.146s was the fastest lap time ever around the 2.3 kilometres long street circuit in Nuremberg. For the Audi driver, it was the eighth DTM pole position of his career and the third of the current season following his pair of pole positions in the previous round at Misano.
“Obviously, I am very happy,” Rast commented. “I have never been on pole at the Norisring in a DTM car. Yesterday’s qualifying was a bit tough. Today, it was a lot smoother. The pace was good. Thanks to my team for doing an outstanding job again. Now, I am looking forward to the race.”
Rast’s fellow Audi drivers Jamie Green and Nico Müller ended up second and third, both with identical lap times of 46.153s, seven thousandths of a second down on Rast. Loïc Duval completed the clean sweep for Audi of the first two grid rows.
Qualified fifth, Philipp Eng is the best-placed BMW driver on the grid. “In fact, I am quite happy with fifth place,” the Austrian said. “Our friends from Ingolstadt have a slight advantage in terms of pace compared to us, but I was really at the limit. I clipped the barrier once or twice on my fastest lap, with the right front and the right rear of the car. I really gave it all I had and I hope that we can get a little bit further up in the race.”
Daniel Juncadella, pole-sitter for the Sunday race at Norisring last year, was the fastest R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver in 13th place. Six minutes into the session, the red flags were out after Timo Glock’s BMW had come to a halt on the straight between Schöller-S and Dutzendteich hairpin. His car was pulled back to the pits and the session resumed after five minutes. BMW reported a failure in the drivetrain area, Glock will be starting the race from the pitlane.