Hungaroring DTM: Audi dominates qualifying with Rast on pole

Rene Rast claimed his first DTM pole position for the Saturday Hungaroring race, as Audi dominated by claiming the top five spots

Hungaroring DTM: Audi dominates qualifying with Rast on pole

Jamie Green was the pacesetter early in the session, but Rast lowered the Briton's benchmark by a tenth with his late time of 1m34.742s.

Green lost the top spot but secured a front row start, before he was then reported tot he stewards for taking the chequered flag twice.

Fellow Audi drivers Mattias Ekstrom, Nico Muller and Mike Rockenfeller were separated by only half a tenth, but were nearly half a second off the pace.

BMW's Augusto Farfus, who is yet to score a point this year, was best of the rest, followed bythe Audi of Loic Duval.

Points leader Lucas Auer was the quickest Mercedes in eighth, followed by Gary Paffett and Tom Blomqvist.

Audi has form at the Hungaroring, having swept the top seven in Saturday's qualifying last year and then claimed a 1-2 on Sunday.

RACE ONE QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m34.742s -
2 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m34.818s 0.076s
3 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m35.192s 0.450s
4 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m35.226s 0.484s
5 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m35.244s 0.502s
6 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 1m35.275s 0.533s
7 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m35.378s 0.636s
8 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 1m35.454s 0.712s
9 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m35.457s 0.715s
10 Tom Blomqvist RMR BMW 1m35.466s 0.724s
11 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m35.506s 0.764s
12 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 1m35.539s 0.797s
13 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m35.575s 0.833s
14 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m35.577s 0.835s
15 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m35.815s 1.073s
16 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 1m36.039s 1.297s
17 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 1m36.154s 1.412s
18 Maro Engel HWA Mercedes 1m36.484s 1.742s


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