Hockenheim DTM: Rast on pole for decider, Muller only fourth

Rene Rast claimed pole position for the DTM title decider at Hockenheim on Sunday, with his championship rival Nico Muller only managing to qualify fourth.

Hockenheim DTM: Rast on pole for decider, Muller only fourth
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Rast continued the fine one-lap form that has helped him transform his season, setting a time of 1m28.577s on his very first flying lap.

Muller could only muster a time of 1m28.847s on his first run, leaving Rast 0.270s clear - with WRT Audi’s Ferdinand Habsburg separating the two title contenders with his own effort of 1m28.835s.

Rast was only fractionally up on his benchmark during the second run, but set a purple final sector to clock a 1m28.337s, putting himself four tenths ahead of Muller.

Muller, by contrast, could only make a marginal improvement when he returned on track in the final minutes of the session, his time of 1m28.757s leaving him fourth on the grid.

With Rast securing three points courtesy of pole position, the Team Rosberg driver heads into Sunday’s finale with an extended 16-point advantage, with 25 points on offer in the race.

While Rast was four tenths clear of the pack, the drivers from second to seventh were all separated by a tenth - led by Audis of Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green.

Jonathan Aberdein was again BMW’s top qualifier in fifth behind Muller, with Loic Duval and Habsburg not far behind in sixth and seventh, the latter collecting advertisement markers after running wide at the final turn.

Former title contender Robin Frijns endured his joint worst qualifying result in eighth, ahead of BMW’s Timo Glock and the second customer Audi of Fabio Scherer.

BMW drivers filled up the next two rows on the grid while two-time champion Marco Wittmann qualifying dead last in 16th, more than a second off the pace of Rast.

Race results:

Cla Driver Car Time Gap
1 Germany René Rast Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'28.337  
2 Germany Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'28.739 0.402
3 United Kingdom Jamie Green Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'28.755 0.418
4 Switzerland Nico Müller Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'28.757 0.420
5 South Africa Jonathan Aberdein BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'28.781 0.444
6 France Loic Duval Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'28.815 0.478
7 Austria Ferdinand Habsburg Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'28.835 0.498
8 Netherlands Robin Frijns Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'28.961 0.624
9 Germany Timo Glock BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'28.962 0.625
10 Switzerland Fabio Scherer Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'28.972 0.635
11 Austria Philipp Eng BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'29.064 0.727
12 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'29.084 0.747
13 Poland Robert Kubica BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'29.180 0.843
14 Austria Lucas Auer BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'29.350 1.013
15 United Kingdom Harrison Newey Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'29.607 1.270
16 Germany Marco Wittmann BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'29.636 1.299
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