Lausitz DTM: Rast beats Green, Muller to pole
Rene Rast took his sixth pole position of the 2019 DTM season at the Lausitzring, defeating Audi teammate and title rival Nico Muller with a last-minute lap.
Rast had been as low as eighth after making "mistakes" during his first run, but returned to the track to set the best lap of 1m35.241s as he and Muller traded best sector times late on.
Muller crossed the line just after Rast and placed third with a 1m35.438s lap, with Audi's Jamie Green splitting the two title rivals.
Audi locked out the top four positions with Robin Frijns beating BMW's Marco Wittmann to fourth.
If Audi scores 20 points more than BMW through the Lausitzring weekend, it will seal the manufacturer's crown with two rounds to go.
Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) qualified sixth having held provisional pole at the end of the first run.
WRT Audi driver Pietro Fittipaldi was seventh and moments after setting his fastest lap his right-hand door came loose on the car and forced him into the pits before continuing.
Philipp Eng was eighth for BMW and stablemate Timo Glock took ninth after skating across the gravel early in the session.
Joel Eriksson completed the top 10 for BMW, while Jake Dennis was the leading R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver in 13th.
Shortly after qualifying, it was confirmed by the sporting commission that the R-Motorsport squad had requested the seal on four of its HWA-built engines to be broken.
Motorsport.com understands the Aston Martin team had taken the precaution after spotting an irregularity in its data that required further inspection.
A statement read: "As a result, according to the rules (Article 28.5), all four Aston Martin will not be considered for the manufacturers' championship in Saturday's race. Driver and team ranking remain unaffected."
It is the second time Aston has been ineligible to score manufacturer points after it was unable to count the tally scored by Jake Dennis finishing in sixth at Zolder.
Audi is the only manufacturer yet to break engine seals in 2019, after BMW elected to do so at Brands Hatch on reliability grounds.
|1||33|| René Rast ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'35.241|
|2||53|| Jamie Green ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'35.286||0.045|
|3||51|| Nico Müller ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'35.438||0.197|
|4||4|| Robin Frijns ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'35.537||0.296|
|5||11|| Marco Wittmann ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1'35.581||0.340|
|6||99|| Mike Rockenfeller ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'35.595||0.354|
|7||21|| Pietro Fittipaldi ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'35.736||0.495|
|8||25|| Philipp Eng ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1'35.760||0.519|
|9||16|| Timo Glock ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1'35.926||0.685|
|10||47|| Joel Eriksson ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1'35.970||0.729|
|11||28|| Loic Duval ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'36.001||0.760|
|12||7|| Bruno Spengler ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1'36.052||0.811|
|13||76|| Jake Dennis ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1'36.134||0.893|
|14||27|| Jonathan Aberdein ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'36.189||0.948|
|15||31|| Sheldon Van Der Linde ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1'36.198||0.957|
|16||3|| Paul di Resta ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1'36.524||1.283|
|17||23|| Daniel Juncadella ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1'37.012||1.771|
|18||62|| Ferdinand Habsburg ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1'38.487||3.246|
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