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Lausitzring DTM: Muller pips Rast to pole in wet qualifying

DTM championship leader Nico Muller claimed pole position for the first of the two races at the Lausitzring after edging out Rene Rast in a wet qualifying on Saturday.

Lausitzring DTM: Muller pips Rast to pole in wet qualifying

Qualifying was effectively split into two parts after Timo Glock’s BMW oversteered at the exit of Turn 2 and got beached in the gravel, bringing out the sole red flag of the session.

Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller had led qualifying until that point with a time of 1m59.919s, but that was quickly usurped by a flurry of quick laps as the session resumed for 12 minutes after the interruption.

Rockenfeller returned to the top after setting the first sub-1m58s lap, but was quickly deposed again - this time by the BMW of Philipp Eng.

Muller and Rast traded times at the head of the leaderboard thereafter, before Muller fired in a lap of 1m57.882s to put himself comfortably at the top.

Rast managed to improve his own time in the dying minutes of qualifying in his bid to challenge Muller, but fell 0.038s short of beating his Audi stablemate to pole position.

Robin Frijns, who took a double pole position on the sprint layout of Lausitzring last weekend, qualified third, 0.358s behind his Abt Audi teammate Muller. 

Mike Rockenfeller made it an Audi 1-2-3-4 with a time of 1m58.184s, demoting the top BMW of Marco Wittmann to fifth.

Lucas Auer survived an off track excursion to finish sixth, a second down on the pole time, with his BMW stablemates Eng and Sheldon van der Linde qualifying right behind in seventh and eighth respectively.

The top 10 was completed by the Audi's Loic Duval and the WRT-run customer RS5 of Ferdinand Habsburg.

Robert Kubica, who starred in a wet practice at Spa earlier this month, was unable to repeat those heroics as he qualified down in 14th, only ahead of the struggling Audi of Jamie Green and BMW's Glock, who propped up the timesheets in 16th place.

Glock was able to return to the pits under his own power after being pulled out of the gravel trap by a recovery vehicle, but the ex-F1 driver immediately jumped out of the car and took no further part in qualifying.

Lausitzring DTM: Qualifying 1 results:

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 51 Switzerland Nico Müller Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'57.822  
2 33 Germany René Rast Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'57.860 0.038
3 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'58.180 0.358
4 99 Germany Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'58.184 0.362
5 11 Germany Marco Wittmann BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'58.414 0.592
6 22 Austria Lucas Auer BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'58.869 1.047
7 25 Austria Philipp Eng BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'58.909 1.087
8 31 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'58.963 1.141
9 28 France Loic Duval Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'59.091 1.269
10 62 Austria Ferdinand Habsburg Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'59.313 1.491
11 10 United Kingdom Harrison Newey Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'59.398 1.576
12 27 South Africa Jonathan Aberdein BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1'59.667 1.845
13 13 Switzerland Fabio Scherer Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1'59.859 2.037
14 8 Poland Robert Kubica BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 2'00.158 2.336
15 53 United Kingdom Jamie Green Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 2'00.303 2.481
16 16 Germany Timo Glock BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 2'00.848 3.026
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