Misano DTM: Rast on pole for opening race, Audis lock out top four

Audi's Rene Rast took pole position for the opening DTM race at Misano

Misano DTM: Rast on pole for opening race, Audis lock out top four

Rast set his best effort of a 1m25.294s on the first run during a frenzy of improvements, and then opted to remain in the garage and not take part in the second runs.

High tyre wear in the hot conditions at Misano played a part in the decision, as Hankook expects a one-stop race and all DTM drivers are allocated seven sets of slicks for the weekend.

DTM rookie Jonathan Aberdein put in his and WRT's best qualifying performance of 2019 by placing his customer Audi on the front row of the grid in second.

Loic Duval and Robin Frijns then ensured Audi locked out the top four positions by taking third and fourth on the grid respectively.

Sheldon van der Linde, who took his first pole position in the DTM at Zolder last time out, was the highest-placed BMW in fifth.

Bruno Spengler took sixth ahead of championship leader and BMW stablemate Philipp Eng.

Nico Muller, Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Glock rounded were eighth, ninth and 10th and ensured no drivers inside the top 10 improved on their placings after the first runs.

Haas Formula 1 reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi, who is filling in for Jamie Green at the Rosberg Audi squad, was 11th.

Jake Dennis was the quickest driver from the R-Motorsport Aston Martin programme and qualified 13th.

Dani Juncadella had expressed fears on Friday that Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso could "worry" his Aston Martin team, but he qualified in front of the Audi driver in 14th.

Dovizioso, who is making a guest DTM appearance with the WRT squad, was 1.7s off pole in 15th.

Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann will start 18th and last after failing to set a lap during qualifying.

TV coverage showed his mechanics working under the hood of his car, but it is currently unclear what caused his lack of running.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m25.294s
2 Jonathan Aberdein WRT Audi 0.068s
3 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 0.249s
4 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 0.386s
5 Sheldon van der Linde RBM BMW 0.546s
6 Bruno Spengler RMG BMW 0.606s
7 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 0.649s
8 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.684s
9 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.738s
10 Timo Glock RMR BMW 0.859s
11 Pietro Fittipaldi Rosberg Audi 1.289s
12 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 1.538s
13 Jake Dennis R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1.547s
14 Daniel Juncadella R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1.593s
15 Andrea Dovizioso WRT Audi 1.743s
16 Ferdinand Habsburg R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1.897s
17 Paul Di Resta R-Motorsport Aston Martin 2.478s
- Marco Wittmann RMG BMW -


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