Zolder DTM: BMW's rookie Sheldon van der Linde takes pole

Sheldon van der Linde took a first DTM pole position at Zolder after a late red flag caused by R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver Paul di Resta

Zolder DTM: BMW's rookie Sheldon van der Linde takes pole

BMW driver Van der Linde's time of 1m21.590s was set in between a flurry of fast laps from Rene Rast's Audi midway through the opening runs.

The South African rookie immediately followed his best time by taking too much speed into the right-hand Turn 4, running into the gravel but maintaining enough momentum to rejoin the track.

The lull in activity while the field prepared for their second runs was sufficient time for van der Linde's car to be checked and cleared to continue.

But Di Resta soon reported that his "engine was running, but [there's] no power" at Turn 2 as he stopped with just under four minutes remaining and caused a red flag.

It meant a queue of cars at the end of pitlane for the final three minutes of running, with Rast a notable exception from the line.

The Audi driver opted against improving on his 1m21.596s lap as his early laps in the second stint before di Resta's stop convinced him the track conditions would not allow him to better his time.

Rast was proved right as he kept second on the grid ahead of race one winner Philipp Eng.

Audi's Robin Frijns was fourth ahead of BMW's Timo Glock, with the former Formula 1 driver one of the few to improve on his time in the final minutes of the session.

Mike Rockenfeller bounced back from his race one qualifying disaster, when a clutch specification change left him last on the grid for Saturday's race, to take sixth for the finale.

Marco Wittmann was seventh ahead of WRT Audi's Jonathan Aberdein, Jamie Green and Joel Eriksson.

Jake Dennis was 13th behind Loic Duval and Nico Muller to lead the R-Motorsport Aston Martin contingent.

Dani Juncadella, Ferdinand Habsburg and di Resta made up the rear of the field.

Race two qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Sheldon van der Linde RBM BMW 1m21.590s -
2 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m21.596s 0.006s
3 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 1m21.714s 0.124s
4 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 1m21.733s 0.143s
5 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m21.803s 0.213s
6 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m22.133s 0.543s
7 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m22.142s 0.552s
8 Jonathan Aberdein WRT Audi 1m22.246s 0.656s
9 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m22.255s 0.665s
10 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 1m22.291s 0.701s
11 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m22.426s 0.836s
12 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m22.433s 0.843s
13 Jake Dennis R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m22.563s 0.973s
14 Pietro Fittipaldi WRT Audi 1m22.582s 0.992s
15 Bruno Spengler RMG BMW 1m22.613s 1.023s
16 Daniel Juncadella R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m23.103s 1.513s
17 Ferdinand Habsburg R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m23.703s 2.113s
18 Paul Di Resta R-Motorsport Aston Martin 1m24.088s 2.498s


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