Zolder DTM: Glock scores BMW’s first pole of 2020

Timo Glock scored BMW’s maiden pole position of the 2020 DTM season at a damp Zolder circuit on Sunday, as championship protagonists Nico Muller and Robin Frijns qualified on the fourth row.

In conditions very similar to Saturday morning in which Rene Rast beat Glock to pole, the times continued to tumble throughout qualifying, dipping into 1m28s right at the dead end of the 20-minute session.

Audi driver Rast held provisional pole after the first runs, having steadily improved to 1m29.242s to lead Glock’s best effort by 0.096s.

But Glock turned the tables after pitting for fresh wet tyres in the second half of qualifying, setting purple times in both sectors 1 and 2 to lap the circuit in 1m28.960s and put himself at the top of the timesheets.

When Rast returned on track he could only gain a tenth over his previous lap time, allowing Glock to claim his first pole in the category since Hockenheim in 2018.

Sheldon van der Linde moved up to second with his last-gasp flyer of 1m28.983s, securing a shock front-row lock out for BMW in a season that has so far been dominated by Audi.

Rast slipped to third in the final order, ahead of the WRT Audi of Ferdinand Habsburg who put in a strong performance to qualify fourth quickest.

Jamie Green, who retired from Saturday’s race, finished fifth after running near the front throughout the session, beating 2013 champion Mike Rockenfeller by over two tenths.

The Abt Audi duo of Muller and Frijns didn’t have the pace to match the leading drivers in tricky conditions, both qualifying over half a second down on Glock in seventh and eighth respectively. 

The top 10 was rounded by the BMWs of Jonathan Aberdein and Marco Wittmann.

Formula 1 race winner Robert Kubica finished 13th fastest in an ART-run customer BMW, beating the factory BMW of Philipp Eng as well as the WRT RS5s of Fabio Scherer and Harrison Newey, who had his best lap time deleted due to a track limits infraction.

Qualifying results:

116 Timo GlockBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’28.960  
231 Sheldon Van Der LindeBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’28.983 0.023
333 René RastAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’29.130 0.170
462 Ferdinand HabsburgAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’29.269 0.309
553 Jamie GreenAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’29.336 0.376
699 Mike RockenfellerAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’29.473 0.513
751 Nico MüllerAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’29.494 0.534
84 Robin FrijnsAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’29.564 0.604
927 Jonathan AberdeinBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’29.761 0.801
1011 Marco WittmannBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’29.765 0.805
1128 Loic DuvalAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’29.787 0.827
1222 Lucas AuerBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’29.902 0.942
138 Robert KubicaBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’30.037 1.077
1410 Harrison NeweyAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’30.095 1.135
1525 Philipp EngBMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020 1’30.228 1.268
1613 Fabio SchererAudi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 1’30.418 1.458
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