Lausitzring DTM: Frijns beats Muller to pole by 0.018s

Robin Frijns claimed his fourth pole position of the DTM season at the Lausitzring on Sunday, outqualifying Abt Audi teammate Nico Muller by just 0.018s.

It was Race 1 winner Rene Rast who led qualifying after the first runs, his time of 1m36.507s putting him 0.042s clear of second-placed Frijns.

Muller sat third after the first flurry of laps, while Lucas Auer was the best of the BMW drivers in sixth, over six tenths off the ultimate pace.

When the second set of runs began, Abt teammates Muller and Frijns appeared to be on a charge, splitting purple sector times between them.

Muller was the first to cross the line, setting the quickest third sector of anyone to claim provisional pole.

Frijns set purple times in sectors 1 and 2 and, although he couldn’t quite match Muller in the final part of the lap, his time of 1m36.344s was good enough to claim his fourth pole position in six qualifying sessions so far.

Team Rosberg Audi driver Rast failed to improve his time on the second run and settled for third behind Muller, while Sheldon van der Linde posted an impressive laptime of 1m36.515s to put the best of the BMWs on the second row of the grid.

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