11:50 – The first pole position of the DTM 2020 season is for Robin Frijns. The Dutch Audi driver drove a 2.05.625 after falling the flag at Spa-Francorchamps, trumping brandmates Nico Müller and René Rast.
After a long hiatus due to the coronavirus, the DTM drivers were finally allowed to start their first qualifying session of 2020 on Saturday morning. The twenty-minute qualifying session was held in a somewhat damp Spa-Francorchamps, but the wet spots did not really seem to be a problem to deliver for the drivers. At least that was the case in the first run for Nico Müller, who set the fastest time with 2.06.353. The Swiss led five Audi drivers, with Loïc Duval, René Rast, Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green in positions two to five.
In the last five minutes, all drivers sat down again for a quick lap and Müller’s time didn’t stop there. First, reigning champion Rast dipped nearly half a second below the time of his fellow competitor, who in turn immediately countered with a 2.05.742. However, pole position went to Robin Frijns. In the first run, the Dutchman did not break pots with only the eleventh time, but an extreme effort during his last lap brought the Audi driver to 2.05.625 and that proved sufficient for pole, his first in the German touring car class.
At the front it is a party for Audi, because the manufacturer from Ingolstadt occupies the first four places on the grid. Müller occupies second place on a tenth of Frijns, followed by Rast and Rockenfeller. The best BMW driver was Sheldon van der Linde, who admitted to Frijns for more than six tenths of a second on P5. Timo Glock will share the third row with brand mate Van der Linde later on Saturday, while Duval and Marco Wittmann will start from the fourth row. The top ten is closed by Lucas Auer and Phillipp Eng. Debutant Robert Kubica, who was an F1 driver at Williams last year, got no further than the fourteenth and penultimate time in qualifying. Only fellow newcomer Harrison Newey was slower.
The first DTM race at Spa-Francorchamps starts later today at 1:30 PM. Frijns then chases his first victory in the class.