Mike Rockenfeller fastest in qualifying, penalty hands Nico Müller Sunday pole

Mike Rockenfeller fastest in qualifying, penalty hands Nico Müller Sunday pole

Photo: Audi

Audi Sport Team Phoenix’s Mike Rockenfeller set the fastest time in an extremely wet qualifying for the final round of the DTM season at Hockenheim, with a lap of 1 minute 50.800 seconds. However the 2013 series champion holds a five place grid penalty as a result of tallying too many incidents across the season, so Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline’s Nico Müller inherits pole.

Unlike Saturday’s qualifying, the 20 minute session would stay heavily wet throughout as rain continued to fall, and intensified as the session played out.

Audi Sport Team Robserg’s René Rast set the first competitive time at 1 minute 58.072 seconds, but as the drivers improved their understanding of the

The newly crowned 2019 DTM champion was lucky to escape without incident after running wide at the Mercedes Arena.

Times continued to improve and five drivers shared pole before Müller began to set the pace, lowering the bar on several times before setting a 1 minute 50.813 second lap with two minutes to spare.

This lap would be the eventual pole time, as the penalty carrying Rockenfeller was the only driver to better that time with seconds remaining.

Müller will start this afternoon’s race from the pole, alongside BMW Team RMR’s Timo Glock who was over four tenths slower than the Audi driver.

Audi Sport Team Rosberg’s Jamie Green will head the second row after improving in the final moments to a 1 minute 51.391 second time, the British driver will be joined by BMW Team RBM’s Joel Eriksson who was briefly second fastest before dropping to fourth with a 1 minute 51.489 second lap.

BMW Team RMG’s Marco Wittmann will line up in fifth, the two-time series champion’s time of 1 minute 51.788 seconds puts him on the third row and will start alongside the penalised Rockenfeller who drops to sixth.

BMW Team RMR’s Philipp Eng will start this afternoon’s race from seventh, thanks to a 1 minute 51.807 second lap, alongside Rast in eighth who was the first driver over a second slower than pole.

Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline’s Robin Frijns was ninth fastest, and the Dutch driver escaped without harm after a spin at the Mercedes Arena, as Audi Sport Team Phoenix’s Loïc Duval rounds out the top ten some 1.181 seconds slower than Müller.

British driver Jake Dennis was the fastest of the R-Motorsports Aston Martins, and was the fastest driver in the 1 minute 52’s with a time of 1 minute 52.242 seconds.

Nick Cassidy in the Team Tom’s Lexus was the fastest of the SuperGT competitors, and will start this afternoon’s race from 16th thanks to a 1 minute 52.527 second lap.

The other two SuperGT cars of Honda Team Kunimitsu’s Jenson Button and Nissan Nismo’s Ronni Quintarelli will line up 19th and 21st respectively.

Qualifying result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 12 1:50.800 0.000
2 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:50.813 0.013
3 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 10 1:51.260 0.460
4 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:51.391 0.591
5 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 10 1:51.489 0.689
6 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 11 1:51.788 0.988
7 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 11 1:51.807 1.007
8 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:51.873 1.073
9 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:51.990 1.190
10 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:51.994 1.194
11 76 Jake DENNIS R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 12 1:52.242 1.442
12 62 Ferdinand VON HABSBURG R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 12 1:52.374 1.574
13 27 Jonathan ABERDEIN Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:52.483 1.683
14 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 11 1:52.491 1.691
15 31 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 11 1:52.511 1.711
16 37 Nick CASSIDY Lexus Team KeePer TOM’S Lexus LC 500 GT500 11 1:52.527 1.727
17 3 Paul DI RESTA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 12 1:52.534 1.734
18 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 12 1:52.652 1.852
19 1 Jenson BUTTON Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT GT500 11 1:52.787 1.987
20 21 Pietro FITTIPALDI Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:53.410 2.610
21 35 Ronnie QUINTARELLI Nismo Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 11 1:53.875 3.075