11:37 – Robin Frijns failed to take pole position for the second day in a row for a DTM race at Spa-Francorchamps. In the qualifying for the second race of the weekend, the Dutchman was at the top for a long time, but in the end he had to recognize his superior in reigning champion René Rast.
On Saturday, the DTM completed a race for the first time in 2020. The scene of action was the historic circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, where the DTM drivers also compete today. Yesterday Robin Frijns took his first pole position in the class by driving the fastest time in qualifying, but in the race the Dutchman dropped to ninth position due to tire problems. The race was won by teammate Nico Müller, who had started from second place. However, Sunday offers new opportunities for all drivers, so Frijns has the opportunity to take revenge for Saturday, starting in qualifying.
In it, the Audi driver once again showed his best side. In his first run, Frijns recorded a 2.04.868, which he was four tenths of a second faster than brand mates Müller and Rast. Then a second run followed, in which almost all riders managed to improve their best time. Sheldon van der Linde climbed to second position on behalf of BMW, Mike Rockenfeller connected to P3 with his Audi and then both drivers saw Müller come alongside again. The Swiss winner of the first race advanced to P2, before Frijns tightened his own time to 2.04.484.
One more driver could then really attack Frijns and that was Rast. He needed 2.04.199 for his last round at Spa-Francorchamps and with that the two-time champion won his first pole of 2020. This time Frijns has to settle for the second starting position, followed by Müller and Van der Linde. Philipp Eng and Timo Glock ensure that BMW will occupy positions four, five and six on the starting grid, with Jamie Green and Marco Wittmann in seventh and eighth positions. Lucas Auer starts from ninth later today, Mike Rockenfeller completes the top ten.
The second race of the first DTM weekend of 2020 will be held later today at 1:30 PM.