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Misano DTM: Rast leads Audi 1-2-3-4 in first qualifying

Rene Rast took pole position for the DTM's opening race at Misano, leading an Audi lockout of the top four grid slots.

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Misano DTM: Rast leads Audi 1-2-3-4 in first qualifying

Rast set his best effort of a 1m25.294s on the first run during a frenzy of improvements but then opted to remain in the garage and not take part in the second runs. 

High tyre wear in the hot conditions at Misano informed that decision, as Hankook expects a one-stop race and all DTM drivers are allocated seven sets of slicks for the weekend.

DTM rookie Jonathan Aberdein put in his and WRT's best qualifying performance of 2019 by placing his customer Audi on the front row of the grid in second, 0.068s behind Rast.

Loic Duval and Robin Frijns then ensured Audi locked out the top four positions by taking third and fourth on the grid respectively. 

Sheldon van der Linde, who took his first pole position in the DTM at Zolder last time out, was the highest-placed BMW in fifth. Bruno Spengler took sixth ahead of championship leader and BMW stablemate Philipp Eng. 

Nico Muller, Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Glock were eighth, ninth and 10th and ensured no drivers inside the top 10 improved on their placings after the first runs. 

Pietro Fittipaldi, who is filling in for the unwell Jamie Green, was 11th-fastest, while Jake Dennis was the quickest driver from the R-Motorsport Aston Martin programme in 13th. 

Dani Juncadella had expressed fears on Friday that Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso could "worry" his Aston Martin team, but he qualified in front of the Audi driver in 14th.

Dovizioso still beat two of the Astons in 15th, and was 1.7s off the pace in the second WRT Audi.

Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann will start last in 18th after failing to set a lap during qualifying due to engine trouble.

Qualifying results:

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 33 Germany René Rast
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'25.294
2 27 South Africa Jonathan Aberdein
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'25.362 0.068
3 28 France Loic Duval
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'25.543 0.249
4 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'25.680 0.386
5 31 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'25.840 0.546
6 7 Canada Bruno Spengler
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'25.900 0.606
7 25 Austria Philipp Eng
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'25.943 0.649
8 51 Switzerland Nico Müller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'25.978 0.684
9 99 Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'26.032 0.738
10 16 Germany Timo Glock
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'26.153 0.859
11 21 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 1'26.583 1.289
12 47 Sweden Joel Eriksson
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 1'26.832 1.538
13 76 United Kingdom Jake Dennis
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'26.841 1.547
14 23 Spain Daniel Juncadella
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'26.887 1.593
15 34 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Audi RS5 DTM 1'27.037 1.743
16 62 Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'27.191 1.897
17 3 United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 1'27.772 2.478
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