DTM Lausitzring: Sheldon van der Linde takes pole after red flag

Sheldon van der Linde followed up his Saturday Lausitzring victory by taking pole for race two, following a late red flag caused by a fire for Felipe Fraga’s Ferrari.

DTM Lausitzring: Sheldon van der Linde takes pole after red flag

Schubert BMW driver van der Linde, who put in a controlled drive to win race one after seizing the lead at the start, was the only driver to duck under the 1m31s bracket with a 1m30.998s lap.

His M4 GT3, which is running 10kg lighter than on Saturday but with a 0.057 reduction in boost pressure following Balance of Performance tweaks, was only ninth at the halfway point in the session.

But in the closing seconds, as times tumbled, the South African pipped three-time DTM champion Rene Rast by 0.108s to secure his third DTM pole.

Abt Audi driver Rast secured the best qualifying result of his DTM return so far, with Maro Engel (Gruppe M Mercedes) and Mirko Bortolotti (Grasser Lamborghini) making it four different manufacturers in the top four positions.

Double DTM champion Marco Wittman made the early running and was the first into the 1m31s bracket in his Walkenhorst BMW, but that was soon shaded by Dennis Olsen’s SSR Porsche as the Norwegian put himself 0.329s clear with a 1m31.424s lap.

That was then usurped by Nico Muller (Team Rosberg Audi), whose 1m31.297s was fastest of all when red flags came out for Fraga’s scary fire.

Felipe Fraga, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo on fire

Felipe Fraga, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo on fire

Photo by: Andreas Beil

The Red Bull Ferrari driver reacted quickly and pulled off the circuit onto the gravel with his AF Corse-run machine ablaze, before running over to a marshal post and helping to put out the fire.

Fraga, who retired from race one with a puncture, was one of several drivers who had yet to set a time when the red flags were shown, with championship leaders Lucas Auer (Winward Mercedes), Bortolotti and Ricardo Feller (Abt Audi) among them.

When the session restarted with four minutes remaining, the track was exceptionally busy as drivers jockeyed for space.

ADAC GT Masters champion Feller immediately moved into second behind Muller with his first timed effort, but was quickly shuffled back as Rast and Engel took turns at holding the top spot.

But van der Linde wasn’t to be denied and punched in the best lap of the session to displace Engel, before Rast rallied and retook second on his last effort.

Behind Bortolotti, Feller will start fifth ahead of Muller, who only managed to improve by 0.068s on his earlier benchmark.

Fraga’s team-mate Nick Cassidy will start seventh, ahead of race one runner-up Luca Stolz (HRT Mercedes), Auer and David Schumacher (Winward Mercedes).

Wittmann was shuffled down to 12th at the flag, just ahead of Olsen, while reigning champion Maxi Gotz (Winward Mercedes) will start from 19th position.

DTM Lausitzring - Sunday qualifying results:

Cla Driver Car Time Gap
1 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde BMW M4 GT3 1'30.998  
2 Germany René Rast Audi R8 LMS Evo II 1'31.106 0.108
3 Germany Maro Engel Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'31.152 0.154
4 Italy Mirko Bortolotti Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 1'31.159 0.161
5 Switzerland Ricardo Feller Audi R8 LMS Evo II 1'31.174 0.176
6 Switzerland Nico Müller Audi R8 LMS Evo II 1'31.229 0.231
7 New Zealand Nick Cassidy Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 1'31.284 0.286
8 Germany Luca Stolz Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'31.336 0.338
9 Austria Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'31.361 0.363
10 Germany David Schumacher Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'31.361 0.363
11 Austria Philipp Eng BMW M4 GT3 1'31.376 0.378
12 Germany Marco Wittmann BMW M4 GT3 1'31.391 0.393
13 Norway Dennis Olsen Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'31.409 0.411
14 India Arjun Maini Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'31.443 0.445
15 South Africa Kelvin van der Linde Audi R8 LMS Evo II 1'31.451 0.453
16 Canada Mikael Grenier Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'31.487 0.489
17 Belgium Laurens Vanthoor Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'31.510 0.512
18 Austria Thomas Preining Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'31.512 0.514
19 Germany Maximilian Götz Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'31.568 0.570
20 Belgium Esteban Muth BMW M4 GT3 1'31.599 0.601
21 Germany Maximilian Buhk Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'31.702 0.704
22 Denmark Nicki Thiim Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 1'31.837 0.839
23 Switzerland Rolf Ineichen Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 1'31.973 0.975
24 Austria Clemens Schmid Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 1'32.111 1.113
25 United States Dev Gore Audi R8 LMS Evo II 1'32.447 1.449
26 Germany Marius Zug Audi R8 LMS Evo II 1'32.448 1.450
27 Italy Alessio Deledda Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 1'33.442 2.444
28 United Kingdom Esmee Hawkey Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 1'34.051 3.053
29 Brazil Felipe Fraga Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020    
shares
comments

Related video

DTM Lausitzring: Van der Linde scores first win for new BMW M4
Previous article

DTM Lausitzring: Van der Linde scores first win for new BMW M4

Next article

DTM Lausitzring: Van der Linde holds off Engel for double win

DTM Lausitzring: Van der Linde holds off Engel for double win
The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality Plus

The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality

His day of days in Formula 1 came at Indianapolis in 2005, a day grand prix racing strives to forget. But Patrick Friesacher, the long-serving Red Bull lieutenant, remains active today driving a two-seater that provides ordinary people with a glimpse of an F1 car’s savage potential, including this writer...

Formula 1
Jun 2, 2022
How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir Plus

How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir

OPINION: Questionable driving standards and farcical team orders meant the DTM's first season under GT3 regulations ended under a cloud. But the organisation has responded firmly by banning team orders and welcomed new manufacturers, making for an intriguing season ahead as new and returning names prepare for battle

DTM
Mar 30, 2022
The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics Plus

The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of team-mates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with Autosport to look back

GT
Mar 5, 2022
The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival Plus

The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival

On his rise through the ranks before reaching Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton was usually a cut above the rest. But he never truly asserted himself over a Mercedes-backed fellow Briton who traded single-seaters for touring cars and is now seeking new opportunities after a year largely spent on the sidelines

DTM
Dec 18, 2021
How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions Plus

How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions

OPINION: The scenes at the Norisring as Mercedes used blatant team orders to secure the first DTM title of the new GT3 era totally undermined the credibility of the championship. But as well as overshadowing the season, it also presents uncomfortable questions to series bosses about the direction it is headed in

DTM
Oct 12, 2021
How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream" Plus

How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream"

Having learned the ropes in GT3 alongside Rene Rast, Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way from settled just yet

DTM
Sep 18, 2021
The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive Plus

The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive

Switching to GT3 regulations marked a fresh start for the DTM in 2021, but it has also drawn a line in the sand against other series using similar cars by engaging AVL Racing to develop a bespoke Balance of Performance system. Here’s how it works

DTM
Jul 23, 2021
The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars Plus

The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars

OPINION: Facing collapse last year, the DTM has shifted its philosophy from a championship for silhouette-based touring cars to GT machines not too dissimilar to those racing across multiple series worldwide. But despite some initial BoP-based teething troubles, there were some pleasant findings as the 'new DTM' got underway at Monza

DTM
Jun 22, 2021