Spa DTM: Rast denies Frijns pole for second race

Rene Rast prevented Audi stablemate Robin Frijns from taking a clean sweep of pole positions in the DTM season opener at Spa-Francorchamps after topping the second qualifying on Sunday.

Frijns, who started Saturday’s race from pole but slipped down to ninth, had led the timesheets after the first runs with a time of 2m04.868s.

He lowered his benchmark in the second half of the session, lapping the Belgian circuit in 2m04.484s to claim provisional pole.

However, Rast denied Frijns pole position with a late 2m01.199s flyer to snatch pole position, as Frijns settled for second place on the grid.

Nico Muller finished another four tenths adrift as Audi locked the top three spots, while Sheldon van der Linde put a BMW on the second row of the grid with a time of 2m04.987s.

Philipp Eng and Timo Glock verified BMW’s improved qualifying showing as they set the fifth and sixth fastest lap time in qualifying, but finished more than a second off the pace of polesitter Rast.

The two BMW drivers demoted Audi’s Jamie Green to seventh, with Marco Wittmann (BMW) finishing just 0.010s behind in eighth.

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