Rene Rast repeated his performance from yesterday, taking his second pole of the weekend after a short red flag period. Audi dominated the session and Jonathan Aberdein performed fantastically once again.
After three minutes of running, the session was red-flagged thanks to Andrea Dovizioso who went off-track. Luckily, he could manage to get out of the gravel and returned to his garage under his own steam. Once Dovizioso made it back, the session resumed. He went back out to continue his qualifying. In the end, he finished 14th, beating all four Aston Martin drivers – an impressive performance from the MotoGP star.
The Audis seemed strong at the beginning of the session but it wasn’t until the final minute when Rast set his fastest time which was enough for pole – a 1m25384s. Robin Frijns, who had provisional pole after the first runs, didn’t go out for a second time. The gap between the two Audi drivers who are starting from the front row is only 0.070s. “It wasn’t a smooth qualifying”, Rast said. “I used two sets of tyres and actually made a mistake on my pole lap, but I scored three points for the championship and there are many Audis up front. So, very positive.”
The pair is followed by another three Audi’s – Jonathan Aberdein and Nico Mueller on the second row, and Pietro Fittipaldi on the third. Aberdein had another fantastic qualifying, after starting from front row yesterday. “Another very good qualifying here for us in Misano”, said Dieter Gass, head of Audi Motorsport. “We’re very happy to see the performances of everybody, really. Top five cars again, very strong. Rene, Robin and Jonathan Aberdein again with a top performance there. And as well as Andrea Dovizioso, who continues to improve. Fantastic.” Gass is clearly impressed by the performance of Audi’s guest starter.
We find yesterday’s race winner Marco Wittmann alongside Fittipaldi, he’s the first of the BMW’s. Starting from the fourth row on the grid are Loic Duval from Audi and Joel Eriksson from BMW. The fifth row is filled with two BMW’s – Philipp Eng and Timo Glock. Sheldon van der Linde and Bruno Spengler only ran in the second half of the session and will start the race from 11th and 13th. Mike Rockenfeller, who showed promising pace during his first run, ended the session in 12th.
Unfortunately, the last two rows on the grid are for the Aston Martin drivers. Jake Dennis leads the pack from Daniel Juncadella, Paul di Resta and Ferdinand Habsburg.
The second race of the weekend in Misano will start at 13.30 local time (12.30 UK time) and marks the 100th DTM race for both Marco Wittmann and Timo Glock.