Rast beats Cassidy to pole in tight qualifying

Pink Bull duo Cassidy and Felipe Fraga appeared the favourites for pole positions on the power drink large’s dwelling occasion in Austria, the 2 monopolosing the highest spot for a lot of the 20-minute session.

It was Fraga who led the way in which on the midway level with a time of 1m28.109s in his AF Corse Ferrari, whereas teammate Cassidy elected to remain within the pits and put all his efforts on a single run later in qualifying.

When the Kiwi lastly joined the observe with lower than 10 minutes left within the session, he was fast straight out of the gates, snatching the highest spot from Fraga with a 1m27.884s.

Cassidy discovered one other half a tenth on his subsequent flying lap, which gave him the boldness to go again to the pits with 30 seconds left on the clock.

This gave Rast the chance to attain a last-gap pole, and he duly delivered with a 1m27.698s, scoring three essential championship factors within the course of.

Nevertheless, in lieu of not serving an in-race penalty at Spa as a consequence of retirement – by the way for a collision involving Cassidy – he’ll take the beginning from fourth on the grid.

This implies it’s Cassidy who will begin the race from the pinnacle of the sphere, recent off his maiden victory in Belgium a fortnight in the past, with Crew Rosberg’s Nico Muller becoming a member of him on the entrance row.

Muller jumped as much as a internet second late in qualifying with a 1m27.959s, leapfrogging the Abt Audi of Ricardo Feller by lower than a tenth of a second.

Fraga will line up in fifth behind Rast after failing to dip under the 1m28s mark in qualifying, with Mirko Bortolotti placing his Grasser Lamborghini sixth on the grid with a time that was simply 0.002s shy of Fraga.

The Italian crucially certified 11 locations forward of championship chief Sheldon van der Linde (Schubert BMW), who by no means featured close to the entrance in qualifying and should take the beginning in seventeenth place.

Bortolotti shall be adopted on the grid by a slew of Mercedes automobiles led by HRT’s Arjun Maini and the Winward of Lucas Auer, the latter slipping to 3rd within the championship courtesy of the bonus factors scored by Rast.

Reigning champion Maximilian Gotz was ninth for HRT, whereas Maro Engel rounded out the highest 10 within the GruppeM AMG GT3.

Esteban Muth’s stand-in Leon Kohler put in a stable effort in qualifying to be the highest BMW on the grid in twelfth, 5 locations forward of van der Linde and 7 in entrance of Walkenhorst teammate Marco Wittmann.

Porsche had a low-key qualifying on the Pink Bull Ring, with Thomas Preining the marque’s high consultant in thirteenth.

DTM Pink Bull Ring – Qualifying outcomes:

 Cla   Nº   Driver   Automobile / Engine   Time   Hole 
33  René Rast Audi 1’27.698  
37  Nick Cassidy Ferrari 1’27.800 0.102
51  Nico Müller Audi 1’27.959 0.261
Ricardo Feller Audi 1’28.018 0.320
74  Felipe Fraga Ferrari 1’28.056 0.358
63  Mirko Bortolotti Lamborghini 1’28.058 0.360
36  Arjun Maini Mercedes 1’28.175 0.477
22  Lucas Auer Mercedes 1’28.239 0.541
Maximilian Götz Mercedes 1’28.265 0.567
10  88  Maro Engel Mercedes 1’28.290 0.592
11  Luca Stolz Mercedes 1’28.363 0.665
12  10  Leon Köhler BMW 1’28.385 0.687
13  24  Thomas Preining Porsche 1’28.393 0.695
14  Kelvin van der Linde Audi 1’28.422 0.724
15  19  Rolf Ineichen Lamborghini 1’28.434 0.736
16  85  Clemens Schmid Lamborghini 1’28.442 0.744
17  31  Sheldon van der Linde BMW 1’28.492 0.794
18  94  Dennis Olsen Porsche 1’28.533 0.835
19  11  Marco Wittmann BMW 1’28.550 0.852
20  92  Laurens Vanthoor Porsche 1’28.553 0.855
21  18  Maximilian Buhk Mercedes 1’28.570 0.872
22  55  Mikaël Grenier Mercedes 1’28.574 0.876
23  27  David Schumacher Mercedes 1’28.628 0.930
24  25  Philipp Eng BMW 1’28.767 1.069
25  12  Dev Gore Audi 1’28.837 1.139
26  66  Marius Zug Audi 1’28.920 1.222
27  Alessio Deledda Lamborghini 1’28.952 1.254

 

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