Hockenheim DTM: Rast on pole for decider, Muller only fourth

Rachit Thukral
·3-min read

Rast continued the fine one-lap form that has helped him transform his season, setting a time of 1m28.577s on his very first flying lap.

Muller could only muster a time of 1m28.847s on his first run, leaving Rast 0.270s clear - with WRT Audi’s Ferdinand Habsburg separating the two title contenders with his own effort of 1m28.835s.

Rast was only fractionally up on his benchmark during the second run, but set a purple final sector to clock a 1m28.337s, putting himself four tenths ahead of Muller.

Muller, by contrast, could only make a marginal improvement when he returned on track in the final minutes of the session, his time of 1m28.757s leaving him fourth on the grid.

With Rast securing three points courtesy of pole position, the Team Rosberg driver heads into Sunday’s finale with an extended 16-point advantage, with 25 points on offer in the race.

While Rast was four tenths clear of the pack, the drivers from second to seventh were all separated by a tenth - led by Audis of Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green.

Jonathan Aberdein was again BMW’s top qualifier in fifth behind Muller, with Loic Duval and Habsburg not far behind in sixth and seventh, the latter collecting advertisement markers after running wide at the final turn.

Former title contender Robin Frijns endured his joint worst qualifying result in eighth, ahead of BMW’s Timo Glock and the second customer Audi of Fabio Scherer.

BMW drivers filled up the next two rows on the grid while two-time champion Marco Wittmann qualifying dead last in 16th, more than a second off the pace of Rast.

Race results:

1

Germany
Germany

René Rast

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.337

2

Germany
Germany

Mike Rockenfeller

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.739

0.402

3

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jamie Green

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.755

0.418

4

Switzerland
Switzerland

Nico Müller

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.757

0.420

5

South Africa
South Africa

Jonathan Aberdein

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.781

0.444

6

France
France

Loic Duval

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.815

0.478

7

Austria
Austria

Ferdinand Habsburg

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.835

0.498

8

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.961

0.624

9

Germany
Germany

Timo Glock

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.962

0.625

10

Switzerland
Switzerland

Fabio Scherer

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'28.972

0.635

11

Austria
Austria

Philipp Eng

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.064

0.727

12

South Africa
South Africa

Sheldon Van Der Linde

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.084

0.747

13

Poland
Poland

Robert Kubica

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.180

0.843

14

Austria
Austria

Lucas Auer

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.350

1.013

15

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Harrison Newey

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.607

1.270

16

Germany
Germany

Marco Wittmann

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'29.636

1.299

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