All four R-Motorsports DTM drivers have qualifying times cancelled for ignoring yellow...

All four R-Motorsports DTM drivers have qualifying times cancelled for ignoring yellow flags

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All four R-Motorsports Aston Martin drivers had their lap times removed post-qualifying for ignoring yellow flags in the final moments of the session.

Paul Di Resta has been stripped of a sixth place start for this afternoon’s race, and will now line up in 16th.

Spaniard Daniel Juncadella momentarily held the fastest time mid-way through the session before slipping down the order, has had his final lap time removed, but moves up a position to 13th as a result of Di Resta’s grid change.

Ferdinand Von Habsburg’s best lap was removed and is demoted one position, to 12th, but becomes the best placed of the Aston Martins.

British driver Jake Dennis had his final lap time cancelled, however as it was not an improvement it did not affect his position, and will start 14th.

The session begun with a noticeably wet track but as the field began to lap the Hockenheim circuit, water was dispersed from the track surface allowing for much faster times in the latter half.

The majority of drivers improved in the final five minutes of the session, most notably Di Resta who moved from 14th up to sixth.

With less than a minute to go Audi Sport Team Phoenix’s Loïc Duval ran wide at the Sachskurve, and was stranded in the gravel trap.

This immediately brought out the yellow flag, and it was deemed that the R-Motorsports drivers had improved their times under cautionary conditions.

The main beneficiary of the re-ordering of the grid is Honda Team Kunimitsu’s Jenson Button, who now moves up to sixth and joins Duval on the third row.

The 2018 SuperGT champion is the best placed of the Japanese competitors, as Lexus Team Tom’s driver Ryō Hirakawa and Nissan Nismo’s Tsugio Matsuda could only manage 20th and 21st respectively.