Lausitz DTM: Audi's Green to start series' 500th race from pole

Jamie Green took his first pole position of the 2019 DTM season at the Lausitzring ahead of the series' 500th race

Lausitz DTM: Audi's Green to start series' 500th race from pole

Green went top of the times during the first runs and set the ultimate benchmark of 1m35.397s, with title contenders Nico Muller and Rene Rast unable to improve their efforts in the final minutes of the session.

As a result, Green sealed his first pole position since he headed the grid for both Red Bull Ring races in September 2017.

Muller's and Rast's failure to improve also meant WRT Audi's Jonathan Aberdein was able to set three personal best sectors to launch himself from a provisional ninth place on the grid up to second, securing a place on the front row.

As a result, Saturday race winner Muller will line up third on the grid - scoring one point as a result, which reduces his deficit to championship leader Rast to just 13 points ahead of Sunday's race.

But Rast, who retired from Saturday's opening race due to a suspected sensor problem, will start alongside Muller on the second row of the grid after qualifying fourth.

Robin Frijns ensured it was an all-Audi top five ahead of the best-placed BMW M4 DTM of outside title contender Marco Wittmann.

Loic Duval was one of a handful of drivers to improve his time significantly on the second set of runs and moved to seventh ahead of the second WRT Audi of Pietro Fittipaldi.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock was the second-highest placed BMW in ninth ahead of Mike Rockenfeller, who secured a podium in Saturday's race.

The remaining four BMWs locked out 11th through 14th with Sheldon van der Linde leading Joel Eriksson, Philipp Eng and Bruno Spengler.

Paul Di Resta was the quickest R-Motorsport driver and placed his Aston Martin Vantage DTM 15th on the grid ahead of team-mates Jake Dennis, Ferdinand Habsburg and Daniel Juncadella.

Starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m35.397s
2 Jonathan Aberdein WRT Audi 0.101s
3 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.151s
4 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 0.212s
5 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 0.231s
6 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 0.250s
7 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 0.280s
8 Pietro Fittipaldi WRT Audi 0.350s
9 Timo Glock RMR BMW 0.446s
10 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.494s
11 Sheldon van der Linde RBM BMW 0.510s
12 Bruno Spengler RMG BMW 0.930s
13 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 0.638s
14 Paul Di Resta R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1.158s
15 Jake Dennis R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1.270s
16 Ferdinand Habsburg R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1.715s
17 Daniel Juncadella R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1.733s
18 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 0.917s

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