After 20 poles in a row for Audi Sport, this series comes to an end. A front-row lockout for BMW with Timo Glock taking pole position in front of Sheldon van der Linde. Rene Rast best Audi driver in third.
After just missing out on pole position in Saturday morning’s qualifying, when Rast beat him in the final minute of the session, he made no mistakes today. The weather conditions were similar to yesterday – a damp track meant wet weather tyres for everyone. No one made the gamble of going out on slicks.
Rast was the dominant factor in the first half of qualifying. His first competitive time was a 1:31.709 but kept improving throughout the session. When the first runs were completed, he held the provisional pole with a 1:29.242, followed by Glock and Mike Rockenfeller.
When everyone headed back out for their second runs, Glock had changed for fresh wet tyres. He set purple sectors in both the first and second sector and improved to a 1:28.960, meaning he claimed the top spot. Only a few drivers were able to improve with green sector times. Meaning, there was no one who able to beat Glock. It’s the German’s 6th career pole and the first one since Hockenheim 2018.
‘I’m very happy,’ Glock said after the session. ‘I have to say I’m really proud of my engineering guys. Everyone was talking about how we should use two sets of tyres and we said no. We had the lap time in our hands yesterday and we just got unlucky with the yellow flag. It should have worked out like we did yesterday. So, we just did the plan, copy and paste, but with the timings slightly better and it paid off.’
Van der Linde was among the one who did manage to improve on the second runs. In the final seconds of the session, the South African crossed the line with a time of 1:28.983, which was good enough for second place. His best qualifying result of the season.
Saturday’s polesitter Rast dropped to third, with WRT’s Ferdinand Habsburg lining up alongside him. Jamie Green retired in yesterday’s race but qualified fifth today. Rockenfeller, who was also unlucky yesterday, will start the race from sixth on the grid, 0.513 seconds behind Glock. Rast’s biggest rivals Nico Mueller and Robin Frijns could only manage seventh and eighth today, with a gap of over half a second from pole position. The top ten is completed by another BMW duo – Jonathan Aberdein and Marco Wittmann.
Just like yesterday, quite a few lap times were deleted due to track limits in Turn 6. WRT’s Harrison Newey was one of them, who will start today’s race from 14th on the grid.
The second race of the weekend will start at 13.30 local time (12.30 UK time).