Wittmann beats Rast in frantic Saturday qualifying at Brands Hatch
Marco Wittmann has taken pole position for the Saturday DTM race at Brands Hatch. The German beat out compatriot and rival Rene Rast by 0.069s in a frantic session that involved rain, a drying track and a red flag.
The session was red flagged early on when both Jonathan Aberdein and Pietro Fittipaldi crashed their Team WRT Audi RS5 DTMs at Clearways. First, Aberdein went for a relatively harmless trip through the gravel and into the tyre barrier but was soon followed by his Brazilian team-mate in a much more serious manner.
Fittipaldi lost the rear end of his #21 Audi in the corner and slid into the gravel at speed, crashing rear-first into the barrier, wrecking his car in the process. Both Fittipaldi and Aberdein were unharmed.
When the session resumed, drivers were faced with the prospect of choosing between dry and rain tyres. Jake Dennis was one of the first to make the correct choice, putting his Aston Martin on slicks and setting scorching lap times which nearly put him a second clear of the rest of the field. Soon, however, the other drivers began to catch up, ultimately dropping Dennis to seventh place.
Rast then took over from Dennis and set a 01:15:723, which appeared to put him on pole until Wittmann, who had been tenth up until then, came out of nowhere to set a 01:15:654, which was enough to take pole.
Loic Duval took third, some three-tenths further back with Paul di Resta underlining R-Motorsport's strong pace with a fourth place time. Robin Frijns was fifth, with Sheldon van der Linde sixth ahead of Dennis, Nico Müller, Timo Glock and Daniel Juncadella.
Brands Hatch 1 - Qualifying Result
|1||Marco Wittmann||BMW Team RMG||1:15.654|
|2||Rene Rast||Audi Team Rosberg||1:15.723||0.069|
|3||Loic Duval||Audi Team Phoenix||1:16.012||0.358|
|4||Paul di Resta||Aston Martin R-Motorsport||1:16.067||0.413|
|5||Robin Frijns||Audi Team Abt Sportsline||1:16.249||0.595|
|6||Sheldon Van Der Linde||BMW Team RBM||1:16.304||0.650|
|7||Jake Dennis||Aston Martin R-Motorsport||1:16.342||0.688|
|8||Nico Muller||Audi Team Abt Sportsline||1:16.365||0.711|
|9||Timo Glock||BMW Team RMG||1:16.384||0.730|
|10||Daniel Juncadella||Aston Martin R-Motorsport||1:16.533||0.879|
|11||Philipp Eng||BMW Team RBM||1:16.541||0.887|
|12||Mike Rockenfeller||Audi Team Phoenix||1:16.600||0.946|
|13||Jamie Green||Audi Team Rosberg||1:16.675||1.021|
|14||Bruno Spengler||BMW Team RBM||1:17.087||1.433|
|15||Joel Eriksson||BMW Team RBM||1:17.489||1.835|
|16||Ferdinand von Habsburg||Aston Martin R-Motorsport||1:17.510||1.856|
|17||Pietro Fittipaldi||Audi WRT Racing||1:27.390||11.736|
|18||Jonathan Aberdein||Audi WRT Racing||1:30.115||14.461|