Lausitzring DTM: BMW pips Audi in Van der Linde brothers duel

Sheldon van der Linde put his Rowe BMW on pole for the first of the two DTM races at the Lausitzring, beating elder brother Kelvin's Abt Audi by just 0.027s.

Lausitzring DTM: BMW pips Audi in Van der Linde brothers duel

Laptimes improved significantly over the course of the 20-minute session, with Monza race two winner Kelvin van der Linde’s early benchmark of 1m31.371s beaten by nearly the entire field.

HRT Mercedes driver Vincent Abril, who was excluded from the Monza weekend over a fuel infringement, was the first to break the 1m31s barrier, setting the fastest time of the weekend with a 1m30.874s.

But then Monza race one winner Liam Lawson found even more time in the AF Corse-run Red Bull Ferrari 488, ending the first runs on top with a 1m30.817s.

As the drivers returned to the track in the final five minutes, 2013 DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller was the first to eclipse Lawson in the second of three Abt-run Audi R8s, before Kelvin van der Linde improved to a 1m30.726s to make it an Ingolstadt 1-2 at the top of the timesheets.

Both van der Linde and Rockenfeller improved on their final flyers, reversing their positions at the top of the order, with Esteban Muth going third in the T3 Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan.

However, there was a late surprise when Sheldon van der Linde went quickest with a last-gasp attempt of 1m30.537s in his Rowe BMW M6, edging his younger brother by just 0.027s to claim his second pole position in the series.

Rockenfeller slipped to third in the final classifications, 0.137s off the pace, with Muth the best of the Lamborghini duo in fourth.

Sheldon van der Linde, ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3

Sheldon van der Linde, ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3

Photo by: Alexander Trienitz

Lawson managed to gain a tenth over his previous time on his last lap but that was only good for fifth on the grid, 0.207s behind van der Linde's chart-topping time.

FP1 pacesetter Arjun Maini was the top Mercedes driver in sixth in the GetSpeed-run AMG GT3, beating the second Red Bull-backed Ferrari of Alex Albon.

Timo Glock finished eighth after Rowe elected to replace the drive-by-wire system on his car in favour of a conventional steering due to a faulty sensor.

Mercedes drivers occupied the next five spots on the grid, led by Winward driver Philip Ellis and Mucke Motorsport’s Maximilian Buhk, the latter subbing for the absent Gary Paffett for the second race in a row with the veteran Brit on Mercedes Formula E reserve duty in London.

Last year’s DTM runner-up Nico Muller was surprisingly off the pace in the Team Rosberg Audi, finishing over seven tenths down on the polesitter in 16th, only ahead of Sophia Floersch, Esmee Hawkey and team-mate Dev Gore.

Qualifying results:

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 31 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde BMW M6 GT3 1'30.537  
2 3 South Africa Kelvin van der Linde Audi R8 LMS Evo 1'30.564 0.027
3 9 Germany Mike Rockenfeller Audi R8 LMS Evo 1'30.674 0.137
4 10 Belgium Esteban Muth Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 1'30.710 0.173
5 30 New Zealand Liam Lawson Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 1'30.744 0.207
6 36 India Arjun Maini Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'30.756 0.219
7 23 Thailand Alex Albon Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 1'30.860 0.323
8 16 Germany Timo Glock BMW M6 GT3 1'30.869 0.332
9 57 United Kingdom Philip Ellis Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'30.874 0.337
10 18 Germany Maximilian Buhk Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'30.897 0.360
11 22 Austria Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'30.940 0.403
12 5 France Vincent Abril Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'31.008 0.471
13 8 Spain Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'31.041 0.504
14 11 Germany Marco Wittmann BMW M6 GT3 1'31.052 0.515
15 4 Germany Maximilian Götz Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 1'31.097 0.560
16 51 Switzerland Nico Müller Audi R8 LMS Evo 1'31.254 0.717
17 99 Germany Sophia Flörsch Audi R8 LMS Evo 1'31.314 0.777
18 26 United Kingdom Esmee Hawkey Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 1'31.408 0.871
19 12 United States Dev Gore Audi R8 LMS Evo 1'31.786 1.249
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