Hockenheim DTM: Rast beats title rival Muller in qualifying

Rachit Thukral
·3-min read

Rast headed into the decider with a 19-point lead over Muller after taking a quartet of victories in the previous two rounds at Zolder, with Robin Frijns an outside contender.

The two-time champion was immediately up to pace in qualifying, lowering Muller’s practice benchmark by a whopping eight tenths on his very first effort in the opening run.

Muller also managed to improve on his FP2 lap but had no answer to Rast, who ended up half a second quicker than the rest of the field after the first runs.

When the drivers returned on track for a final shot at pole position, Muller upped his pace to take on Rast, setting fastest times in sectors one and two. However, a relatively slow final sector made the difference, leaving him 0.019s down on Rast.

Rast managed to marginally improve on his final flyer, extending the margin over the Abt Audi driver to 0.048s to claim his seventh pole position of the season. The three points he scored put him 20 clear of Muller, with 53 available over the remainder of the weekend.

Behind the championship contenders, BMW’s Jonathan Aberdein put in an impressive lap to qualify third, ahead of the second Rosberg Audi of Jamie Green.

Rising BMW star Sheldon van der Linde moved up to fifth late on with a time of 1m29.026s, beating his stablemate Philipp Eng by just 0.061s.

Loic Duval was seventh-quickest for Audi, while Frijns could qualify only eighth, over seven tenths down on Rast’s pole lap.

The top 10 was rounded off by Duval’s teammate Mike Rockenfeller and the top WRT Audi of Fabio Scherer.

Fresh of his maiden podium finish at Zolder, Robert Kubica qualified nine tenths off the pace in 11th in the ART-run BMW.

Qualifying results:

1

Germany
Germany

René Rast

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.405

2

Switzerland
Switzerland

Nico Müller

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.453

0.048

3

South Africa
South Africa

Jonathan Aberdein

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.891

0.486

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jamie Green

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.929

0.524

5

South Africa
South Africa

Sheldon Van Der Linde

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.026

0.621

6

Austria
Austria

Philipp Eng

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.087

0.682

7

France
France

Loic Duval

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.118

0.713

8

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.137

0.732

9

Germany
Germany

Mike Rockenfeller

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.176

0.771

10

Switzerland
Switzerland

Fabio Scherer

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.287

0.882

11

Poland
Poland

Robert Kubica

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.300

0.895

12

Austria
Austria

Ferdinand Habsburg

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.599

1.194

13

Germany
Germany

Timo Glock

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.599

1.194

14

Germany
Germany

Marco Wittmann

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.628

1.223

15

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Harrison Newey

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.749

1.344

16

Austria
Austria

Lucas Auer

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.867

1.462

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