Assen DTM: Rast takes Race 2 pole, disaster for Wittmann

DTM championship leader Rene Rast left it late to seal pole position for the final race at Assen in a dramatic qualifying session.

Rast trailed Audi stablemate Robin Frijns after the first qualifying runs, helped by the German getting blocked twice by the BMWs of Sheldon Van Der Linde and Saturday race winner Marco Wittmann.

Both drivers remain under investigation for blocking, with Wittmann enduring a disastrous qualifying session less than 24 hours after victory. 

Wittmann was unable to produce a flying lap after reporting a loss of power before blocking Rast and a rapid repair job by his RMG BMW crew meant he was able to rejoin the session in the final minute, but he could not cross the line to begin a timed lap before the session ended.

Rast was also given a further boost in his run to pole when the second runs began, as Frijns came to a stop in the pitlane and was unable to head back out. 

That meant Rast’s 1m24.849s lap was good enough for pole by just 0.132s after WRT Audi driver Jonathan Aberdein surprised by placing his RS5 DTM on the front row of the grid. 

Aberdein’s run shuffled Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller, Nico Muller and Frijns down to third, fourth and fifth respectively. 

Van der Linde was the best-placed BMW in sixth ahead of Loic Duval, the Audi driver having held third after the first qualifying runs. 

Philipp Eng was second best of the BMW contingent in eighth ahead of stablemate Timo Glock and WRT Audi’s Pietro Fittipaldi

Top Aston Martin driver Daniel Juncadella placed 14th ahead of R-Motorsport teammates Paul di Resta, Ferdinand Habsburg and Jake Dennis, with Wittmann lining up last in 18th.

Session results:

133 René RastAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’24.849 
227 Jonathan AberdeinAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’24.9810.132
399 Mike RockenfellerAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’25.0170.168
451 Nico MüllerAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’25.0180.169
54 Robin FrijnsAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’25.1020.253
631 Sheldon Van Der LindeBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’25.1470.298
728 Loic DuvalAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’25.3880.539
825 Philipp EngBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’25.4100.561
916 Timo GlockBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’25.4680.619
1021 Pietro FittipaldiAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’25.4850.636
1147 Joel ErikssonBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’25.5170.668
127 Bruno SpenglerBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’25.7500.901
1353 Jamie GreenAudi RS 5 Turbo DTM1’25.8541.005
1423 Daniel JuncadellaAston Martin Vantage DTM1’26.0871.238
153 Paul di RestaAston Martin Vantage DTM1’26.3701.521
1662 Ferdinand HabsburgAston Martin Vantage DTM1’26.5661.717
1776 Jake DennisAston Martin Vantage DTM1’27.3792.530
1811 Marco WittmannBMW M4 Turbo DTM1’55.53230.683

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