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DTM: Jamie Green takes pole, Rast one step closer to second DTM title

Photo Credit: Audi Sport Twitter Page

Jamie Green beat his Audi Sport Team Rosberg teammate and championship leader Rene Rast by one-thousandth of a second to claim pole position. Nico Mueller starting further down the back.

This morning, Mike Rockenfeller was one of the first drivers to set a competitive time, opening with a 1:20.438. Soon after, Rast crossed the line with a time two tenths quicker than his Audi teammate. The times were set quite late as the temperatures were slightly colder than yesterday. So, championship leader Rene Rast held the provisional pole after the first half of the session.

With five minutes left on the clock, everyone except Paul di Resta went out for another run, trying to beat Rast’s time. Di Resta suffered issues on his car and therefore failed to set a time, which means he will start from eighteenth on the grid. Rast improved his own time to a 1:20.033, thinking it was enough to take pole position. However, it was his Team Rosberg teammate Green who beat him in the final minute by only a thousandth of a second. It’s Green’s second pole of the season after Lausitzring three weeks ago.

It’s an all Audi front of the field once again. Mike Rockenfeller, who retired from yesterday’s race while running second, will start from third today. Just 0.075 seconds behind Green. Robin Frijns was one of the few drivers to improve in the final stages of the session and will line up alongside Rockenfeller. Jonathan Aberdein and Loic Duval complete the Audi top six starting from the third row on the grid.

Today, Timo Glock is the first of the BMW’s, starting from seventh. Marco Wittmann will line up alongside him – a better starting position compared to yesterday when he had to start from 11th. Rounding out the top ten are BMW’s Bruno Spengler and Sheldon van der Linde.

After a dramatic race yesterday because of a drive-through penalty following a jump start, it’s yet another setback for Mueller. He’s only starting from 14th on the grid. He’s the only driver left to challenge Rast for the title. Though, if Rast manages to outscore Mueller by seven points today, he has no chance anymore and will Rast clinch the title with one round to go.

Photo Credit: Aston Martin Racing Twitter

At the back of the field, from 15th to 18th we find the four R-Motorsport Aston Martin drivers. Today, Ferdinand Habsburg is the best of the quartet – finishing 0.601 seconds behind Green. The Austrian rookie was handed a five-place grid drop yesterday and therefore had to start last. He’s followed by Daniel Juncadella, who finished yesterday’s race 11th, though he was promoted to 10th after Robin Frijns got disqualified. Jake Dennis and Paul di Resta will start from the last row on the grid.

Update: after already suffering issues in qualifying, mechanics can’t fix di Resta’s car. So, unfortunately, the Briton won’t be starting the race.

The race will start at 13.30 local time (12.30 UK time). And as mentioned, there is a possibility that the championship will be decided today.

 

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