Spa DTM: Rast claims last-gasp pole in drying qualifying

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With the monitor nonetheless damp after in a single day showers, your complete discipline initially headed out on moist tyres for his or her first runs within the 20-minute pole shootout.

It was the Crimson Bull Ferrari of Nick Cassidy that set the early tempo, main the Porsche of Saturday race winner Dennis Olsen with a time of 2m28.459s.

Going into the second half of the session, the monitor had dried out sufficiently for some drivers to gamble on slick rubber, with reigning champion Maximilian Gotz the primary to make the swap in his Winward Mercedes.

The Abt Audi of final 12 months’s GT Masters champion Ricardo Feller adopted go well with and went greater than a second faster than Cassidy’s benchmark with a 2m27.190s, making it clear that slicks have been now the tyres to be on.

Because the monitor continued to dry out, a flurry of fast laps adopted, with a brand new driver transferring to the highest spot each 30 seconds.

It quickly became a race of who may very well be the final to cross the end line, and three-time champion Rast timed his run completely, posting a fast time of 2m23.424s on the dying of the session to seal pole place.

The Abt Audi driver ended up simply 0.044s up on the Schubert BMW of van der Linde, who had seemed set for his third pole place of the 12 months till Rast overhauled him with a late flier.

Behind the 2 championship contenders, Cassidy secured his finest qualifying end in DTM with a time of 2m23.476s in his AF Corse Ferrari, simply 0.052s shy off the highest spot.

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GruppeM driver Mikael Greinier was Mercedes’ high qualifier in fourth, forward of teammate Maro Engel and fellow AMG GT3 driver Gotz, whereas Feller needed to accept seventh regardless of his early heroics on slick tyres.

Thomas Preining put his Crew Bernhard 75 Porsche as much as eighth, whereas Grasser’s Clemens Schmid was the one Lamborghini driver inside the highest 10 in ninth.

tenth place went to the Winward Mercedes of Lucas Auer, who retired from Saturday’s race whereas operating in second, as Kelvin van der Linde (Abt Audi) and Felipe Fraga (Crimson Bull Ferrari) certified proper behind him in eleventh and twelfth respectively.

Mirko Bortolotti’s title hopes took one other blow as he struggled to twenty second in qualifying in his Grasser Lamborghini with a time that was almost 3s off his title rivals Rast and Sheldon van der Linde, who locked out the entrance row.

Spa DTM – Qualifying outcomes:

 Cla   Nº   Driver   Automobile / Engine   Time  Hole
33  Rene Rast Audi 2’23.424  
31  Sheldon van der Linde BMW 2’23.468 0.044
37  Nick Cassidy Ferrari 2’23.476 0.052
55  Mikaël Grenier Mercedes 2’23.703 0.279
88  Maro Engel Mercedes 2’23.966 0.542
Maximilian Gotz Mercedes 2’24.041 0.617
Ricardo Feller Audi 2’24.163 0.739
24  Thomas Preining Porsche 2’24.246 0.822
85  Clemens Schmid Lamborghini 2’24.556 1.132
10  22  Lucas Auer Mercedes 2’24.593 1.169
11  Kelvin van der Linde Audi 2’24.604 1.180
12  74  Felipe Fraga Ferrari 2’24.940 1.516
13  11  Marco Wittmann BMW 2’24.940 1.516
14  25  Philipp Eng BMW 2’24.994 1.570
15  Luca Stolz Mercedes 2’25.113 1.689
16  66  Marius Zug Audi 2’25.258 1.834
17  51  Nico Müller Audi 2’25.347 1.923
18  36  Arjun Maini Mercedes 2’25.453 2.029
19  18  Maximilian Buhk Mercedes 2’25.741 2.317
20  92  Laurens Vanthoor Porsche 2’25.892 2.468
21  10  Esteban Muth BMW 2’26.196 2.772
22  63  Mirko Bortolotti Lamborghini 2’26.237 2.813
23  94  Dennis Olsen Porsche 2’26.385 2.961
24  12  Dev Gore Audi 2’27.552 4.128
25  27  David Schumacher Mercedes 2’27.650 4.226
26  19  Rolf Ineichen Lamborghini 2’29.256 5.832
27  Alessio Deledda Lamborghini 2’32.494 9.070
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