Jamie Green takes first DTM pole of 2019 for Lausitz Sunday race

Jamie Green takes first DTM pole of 2019 for Lausitz Sunday race

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Audi Sport Team Rosberg’s Jamie Green scored his first DTM pole position of 2019 for the Sunday race at the Lausitzring, the British driver set his 1 minute 35.397 second lap early in the session and was only challenged by Audi Sport Team WRT’s rookie driver Jonathan Aberdein who was 0.101 seconds slower.

Warmer track temperatures in comparison to Saturday’s qualifying meant drivers were challenged with not overusing their tyres prior to their hotlaps.

With 15 minutes to go BMW Team RBM rookie Sheldon van der Linde set the first competitive lap with a time of 1 minute 35.907 seconds, before being quickly knocked off top spot by Audi Sport Team Rosberg’s René Rast who went nearly three tenths faster.

However the championship leader would be beaten by teammate Green, who’s 1 minute 35.397 second lap was unchallenged as drivers headed to pitlane midway through the session.

With less than six minutes to go the grid headed back out, and drivers were jostling for clear track through the final chicane.

It appeared that the competitors were struggling to improve on their times and Green’s fastest lap remained unbeaten, handing the British driver his 14th DTM pole and his first in 2019.

One of the few drivers to improve was Aberdein, who jumped to second fastest with only seconds remaining in the session. With a time only a tenth slower than pole, the South African rookie claimed his third front row start of the season.

Saturday race winner Nico Müller will start from third after the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline driver set a time of 1 minute 35.548 seconds. Joining Müller on the second row will be championship rival Rast who was 0.212 seconds slower than his pole-sitting teammate.

The second Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline car of Robin Frijns will start from fifth, alongside the fastest BMW of Team RMG’s Marco Wittmann who was 0.250 seconds slower than pole.

Audi Sport Team Phoenix driver Loïc Duval claimed seventh on the grid with a time of 1 minute 35.677 seconds, narrowly beating the second Team WRT car of Pietro Fittipaldi by 0.070 seconds.

BMW Team RMR’s Timo Glock will start from ninth on the grid after setting a time of 1 minute 35.843 seconds, as Audi Sport Team Phoenix’s Mike Rockenfeller rounds out the top ten with a time only 0.494 seconds slower than pole.

R-Motorsport’s Paul Di Resta was the fastest of the Aston Martins, who lock out the final four positions on the grid. The 2010 champion’s time of 1 minute 36.555 was the first time over a second slower than pole.

Qualifying result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 8 1:35.397 0.000
2 27 Jonathan ABERDEIN Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 9 1:35.498 0.101
3 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 7 1:35.548 0.151
4 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 9 1:35.609 0.212
5 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 8 1:35.628 0.231
6 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 8 1:35.647 0.250
7 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 8 1:35.677 0.280
8 21 Pietro FITTIPALDI Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 8 1:35.747 0.350
9 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 9 1:35.843 0.446
10 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 8 1:35.891 0.494
11 31 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 8 1:35.907 0.510
12 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 9 1:36.035 0.638
13 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 7 1:36.314 0.917
14 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 8 1:36.327 0.930
15 3 Paul DI RESTA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 9 1:36.555 1.158
16 76 Jake DENNIS R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 9 1:36.667 1.270
17 62 Ferdinand VON HABSBURG R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 9 1:37.112 1.715
18 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 10 1:37.130 1.733