Robin Frijns has taken his maiden pole position in DTM by beating team-mate Nico Müller in Saturday qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps.
Frijns set a late 02:05:625 to surpass team-mate Müller by 0.118s, who set his quickest time mere moments before the Dutchman.
Reigning champion Rene Rast was third fastest after seeing his best efforts of 02:05:889 bested by both Frijns and Müller. Mike Rockenfeller was fourth fastest, ensuring a top-four lockout for Audi
One car down
Only fifteen cars took part in the opening qualifying session of the 2020 season.
Ferdinand Habsburg was unable to take part in the session after crashing his Audi RS5 DTM in the morning practice session and was the only driver not to set a lap time.
Sheldon van der Linde was the quickest BMW runners in fifth place, his best effort 0.617s off Frijns’ pole time. Timo Glock was sixth fastest, while the top ten was completed by Loic Duval, Marco Wittmann, Lucas Auer and Philipp Eng.
Jamie Green was eleventh fastest, 1.4s off the pole time. Fabio Scherer was the best-placed rookie in twelfth, setting a time of 02:07:525 in his Audi RS5 DTM, two-tenths clear of Jonathan Aberdein.
Rookies bring up the rear
The two other 2020 DTM rookies brought up the rear in the first qualifying session of the season. Robert Kubica will start from 14th place after setting a 02:07:870, six-tenths quicker than Team WRT rookie Harrison Newey.