Nurburgring DTM: Muller beats Rast to Saturday pole

Nico Muller claimed pole position for the first of the DTM races at the Nurburgring’s grand prix layout on Saturday, beating Audi stablemate Rene Rast in a straight fight in qualifying.

With the track surface less abrasive than some of the other circuits used in the first half of the season, the drivers were able to complete as many as two push laps in one run.

Reigning champion Rast laid the initial benchmark with a time of 1m47.414s, the fastest lap of the weekend, before he was eclipsed by Muller’s 1m47.374s flyer.

Rast shot back on his second push lap to lap the circuit in 1m47.150s and, although Muller set the quickest time of everyone in the first sector, Rast held on to provisional pole by 0.027s.

The Team Rosberg driver improved further to 1m47.055s on his second run in qualifying, putting himself 0.122s clear of the championship leader.

However, Muller managed to regain the advantage on his final flyer, breaking the 1m47s barrier on his way to a stellar lap of 1m46.834s.

Rast opted against doing a second push lap on his final run, allowing Muller to claim his second pole position of the season by a healthy margin of 0.221s.

Robin Frijns, who had scored four pole positions in the opening eight races of the year, wasn’t in contention for a front-row start this time, qualifying half a second down on his Abt Audi teammate Muller in third.

Marco Wittmann finished as the strongest BMW driver in fourth, less than a tenth adrift of Frijns, but nearly seventh tenths slower than the pole time.

Audi’s 2013 champion Mike Rockenfeller and WRT Audi driver Ferdinand Habsburg qualified fifth and sixth respectively, the two drivers separated by just 0.007s.

Sheldon van der Linde, who delivered BMW’s second victory of the season at Assen last weekend, was seventh, ahead of the Audis of Jamie Green and Loic Duval.

Philipp Eng made it three BMW drivers in the top 10, as the Bavarian brand again struggled against Audi on one-lap pace.

Robert Kubica finish 1.6s off the pace in 15th in the ART-run customer BMW, only out-qualifying the WRT Audi of Fabio Scherer.

Nurburgring DTM – Qualifying results:

Cla#DriverCarTimeGap
151 Nico MüllerAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’46.834  
233 René RastAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’47.055 0.221
34 Robin FrijnsAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’47.428 0.594
411 Marco WittmannBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’47.493 0.659
599 Mike RockenfellerAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’47.549 0.715
662 Ferdinand HabsburgAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’47.556 0.722
731 Sheldon Van Der LindeBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’47.631 0.797
853 Jamie GreenAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’47.642 0.808
928 Loic DuvalAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’47.751 0.917
1025 Philipp EngBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’47.938 1.104
1122 Lucas AuerBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’47.968 1.134
1216 Timo GlockBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’48.034 1.200
1327 Jonathan AberdeinBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’48.096 1.262
1410 Harrison NeweyAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’48.206 1.372
158 Robert KubicaBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’48.450 1.616
1613 Fabio SchererAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’48.935 2.101
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