Red Bull Ring DTM: Green denies Rast in epic pole duel

Audi's Jamie Green completed a clean sweep of DTM pole positions at the Red Bull Ring, narrowly edging out stablemate Rene Rast.

Green and Rast were in a league of their own in Sunday qualifying, their pole fight settled with a pair of last-gasp laps, as the Brit came out on top courtesy of a 1m21.955s effort.

Having dominated proceedings on Saturday, Audi was once again out front at the start of Sunday qualifying, with Rast leading the way after the opening runs.

The German took over at the front with a 1m22.237s lap and improved to a 1m22.152s next time around, with Green slotting in just 0.014s behind.

The pair remained first and second until Green edged ahead of Rast with a 1m22.090s, his rival failing to improve and both of them left with one more shot at a pole lap.

As the chequered flag flew, Rast moved back ahead on a 1m22.010s, only for Green to finally deny his fellow Audi driver pole by 0.055s.

Just as he did on Saturday, BMW's reigning champion Marco Wittmann again broke up Audi's dominance, slotting in third, two tenths adrift of pole.

This left him ahead of two more Audi cars, Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Muller, who set identical times and will line up fourth and fifth respectively.

Gary Paffett was the lead Mercedes in sixth, followed by BMW's Timo Glock, who had a big moment in the final corner of his last lap while running right ahead of Rast.

Championship leader Mattias Ekstrom, who boosted his title hopes with a win on Saturday, was only the fifth-fastest Audi and eighth overall, with BMW duo Tom Blomqvist and Bruno Spengler making up the top 10.

Mercedes endured a particularly disappointing session, with all its cars bar Paffett lining up between 13th and 18th - and its lead driver in the standings, Lucas Auer, last on the grid.

Qualifying results

1 53 united_kingdom Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 1'21.955  
2 33 germany René Rast Audi RS5 DTM 1'22.010 0.055
3 11 germany Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM 1'22.156 0.201
4 99 germany Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 DTM 1'22.206 0.251
5 51 switzerland Nico Müller Audi RS5 DTM 1'22.206 0.251
6 2 united_kingdom Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.243 0.288
7 16 germany Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM 1'22.268 0.313
8 5 sweden Mattias Ekström Audi RS5 DTM 1'22.337 0.382
9 31 united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist BMW M4 DTM 1'22.390 0.435
10 7 canada Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM 1'22.400 0.445
11 36 belgium Maxime Martin BMW M4 DTM 1'22.405 0.450
12 15 brazil Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM 1'22.429 0.474
13 3 united_kingdom Paul di Resta Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.454 0.499
14 48 italy Edoardo Mortara Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.497 0.542
15 63 germany Maro Engel Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.526 0.571
16 6 canada Robert Wickens Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.527 0.572
17 77 france Loic Duval Audi RS5 DTM 1'22.629 0.674
18 22 austria Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'22.682 0.727
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Series DTM
Event Spielberg
Track Red Bull Ring
Drivers Jamie Green , René Rast , Marco Wittmann
Article type Qualifying report