After being strong in both practice sessions yesterday, Audi celebrates yet another pole. Locking out the first four places on the grid with the Team Rosberg duo on the front row.
Early in the session, Audi threw down the gauntlet, topping the timesheets. Mike Rockenfeller held the provisional pole with the best time of 1:35.595. Unfortunately, the Team Phoenix driver, who won the second race at Assen, couldn’t keep that position as his rivals improved on the second runs. In the end, he qualified sixth.
Rast, who is leading the championship at the moment, celebrates his sixth pole of the 2019 season. After the first ten minutes, he was in the eighth position. But he was one of the few drivers who improved on the second runs. His time of 1:35.241 was enough to beat his teammate Jamie Green, who hasn’t been that lucky yet this year.
“Very tough, this time.”, he commented after the session. “On the first set, I made some mistakes, I didn’t drive that clean. Only P8. So I had a bit of pressure because I knew Marco and Nico were ahead of me. On the second set of tires, I had a good lap and managed to secure P1. Obviously very good, 3 points for the championship. Here it’s always good to be in front.”
One of his title rivals, Nico Mueller crossed the line a little later than Rast. Both Audi drivers were really pushing in the final minutes and made up positions. Though for Mueller, his time of 1:35.438 was not enough to beat Rast. But, he is starting right behind him in third. Joining him on the second row of the grid is his teammate Robin Frijns.
In fifth, there’s another championship contender – Marco Wittmann. Also, the highest placed BMW in today’s qualifying session. Wittmann’s gap to Rast was just 0.340 seconds. On the fourth row of the grid, is WRT’s rookie Pietro Fittipaldi and Philipp Eng. The latter of whom is still in the championship fight. Two more BMW’s in ninth and tenth – Timo Glock and Joel Eriksson.
A little less lucky is Loic Duval, who topped the timesheets yesterday, having to settle for 11th. Jake Dennis is the highest-placed R-Motorsport driver. “I ended up P13, less than a second off Audi. So, really pleased.”, said the Briton after the session. “The lap was really, really good. I did the maximum today. Hope we can have a good start and trying to get some points in the race.”
The 13th race of the season will start this afternoon at 13.30 local time (12.30 UK time).