René Rast claims race one pole in wet DTM qualifying, Jenson Button...

René Rast claims race one pole in wet DTM qualifying, Jenson Button starts sixth

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Audi Sport Team Rosberg’s René Rast claimed pole in a wet qualifying at the Hockenheimring, taking his eighth DTM pole of the season with a laptime of 1 minute 45.552 seconds.

The 2019 DTM champion beat BMW Team RMG’s Marco Wittmann to pole by a slender 0.127 seconds, as Honda Team Kunimitsu driver Jenson Button was the best of the SuperGT competitors in sixth.

Rain this morning had left the track in a wet state, with all drivers needing to run the wet-weather Hankook’s for their first runs.

Rast was the first to set a competitive time, however his 1 minute 52.016 second lap would not last for long as the drivers adjusted to the conditions and water was shifted from the track surface.

The best lap time was exchanged between seven drivers, with Audi Sport Team WRT’s Jonathon Aberdein holding the fastest time, a 1 minute 47.099 lap, before drivers headed to the pits for a fresh set of wet tyres.

With five minutes to go times continued to be better, R-Motorsports Daniel Juncadella was the first driver to break into the 1 minute 46’s, before BMW Team RMR’s Timo Glock snatched top spot with 1 minute 46.315 second lap.

Rast then broke into the 45’s, with a 1 minute 45.891 second lap, the 2019 DTM champion then improved to a 1 minute 45.552 second lap on his final tour of the Hockenheim circuit.

Wittmann improved but was unable to beat fellow two-time series champion, ending up 0.127 seconds slower.

Rast claimed his eighth pole of the year, joined by Wittmann on the front row.

Audi Sport Team Phoenix’s Mike Rockenfeller heads the second row, his fastest time of 1 minute 45.783 seconds was less than two tenths faster than Aberdein who starts fourth.

The second Team Phoenix driver Loïc Duval starts fifth after improving to a 1 minute 45.939 second lap with his penultimate attempt before beaching the car in the Sachskurve gravel.

2018 Super GT champion Jenson Button will start from sixth place, and best placed of the Japanese series’ competitors, with a time of 1 minute 46.206 seconds. The British driver was elevated after R-Motorsports’ Paul Di Resta had his lap time removed for ignoring the yellow flag brought out by a stranded Duval.

Glock will start the race race one from seventh, the BMW driver was lucky to escape slipping across the wet dragstrip surface that lines the final two corners.

Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline’s Robin Frijns was eighth fastest with a time of 1 minute 46.351 seconds, some 0.799 seconds off pole.

The BMW Team RBM drivers lock out the fifth row, with rookie Sheldon van der Linde’s time of 1 minute 46.383 seconds enough for ninth place, the South African was over two tenths faster than teammate Joel Eriksson in tenth.

After all four R-Motorsports Aston Martins had their final lap times removed for ignoring the yellow flag in the final moments of the session, Ferdinand von Habsburg ended up fastest of the quartet in 12th, some 1.2 seconds slower than Rast’s pole.

Button was able to lap the Hockenheim circuit much quicker than fellow SuperGT competitors Lexus Team Tom’s driver Ryō Hirakawa and Nissan Nismo’s Tsugio Matsuda who finished the session 20th and 21st respectively.

Race one gets underway at 13:35 CEST (12:35 BST).

Qualifying result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 10 1:45.552 0.000
2 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 10 1:45.679 0.127
3 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 10 1:45.783 0.231
4 27 Jonathan ABERDEIN Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:45.928 0.376
5 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 8 1:45.939 0.387
6 1 Jenson BUTTON Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT GT500 10 1:46.206 0.654
7 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 11 1:46.315 0.763
8 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:46.351 0.799
9 31 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 11 1:46.383 0.831
10 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 11 1:46.628 1.076
11 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:46.789 1.237
12 62 Ferdinand VON HABSBURG R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 12 1:46.791 1.239
13 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 12 1:46.986 1.434
14 76 Jake DENNIS R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 12 1:46.988 1.436
15 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 11 1:47.026 1.474
16 3 Paul DI RESTA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 12 1:47.090 1.538
17 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 11 1:47.548 1.996
18 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 10 1:47.590 2.038
19 21 Pietro FITTIPALDI Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:47.792 2.240
20 37 Ryo HIRAKAWA Lexus Team KeePer TOM’S Lexus LC 500 GT500 11 1:49.181 3.629
21 35 Tsugio MATSUDA Nismo Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 11 1:49.349 3.797