With the track still wet from the overnight downpour, the entire field initially headed out on wet tires for their opening heats in the 20-minute pole shootout.

It was the Red Bull Ferrari of Nick Cassidy who set the early pace, ahead of the Porsche of Saturday’s race winner Dennis Olsen with a time of 2min 28.459s.

At the start of the second half of the session, the track dried out enough that some drivers started playing on slick rubber, with reigning champion Maximilian Gotz first to make the switch in his Winward Mercedes.

Last year’s GT Masters champion Riccardo Feller’s Abt Audi followed suit and ran more than a second faster than Cassidy’s benchmark of 2m27.190s, making it clear that slick tires were now to be used.

As the track continued to dry, a flurry of fast laps followed, with a new driver moving into first place every 30 seconds.

It soon turned into a race to see who would be the last to cross the finish line, and three-time champion Rust timed his run perfectly, clocking a quick 2×23.424s at the end of the session to claim pole position.

The Abt Audi driver was just 0.044s ahead of the BMW of Schubert van der Linde, the South African looking set to take his third pole position of the year until Rust made amends with a late flyer.

Behind the two championship contenders, Cassidy achieved his best DTM qualifying result with a time of 2×23.476s in his AF Corse Ferrari, just 0.052s off the top spot.

Nick Cassidy, AF Corse

Photo: Alexander Traynits

GruppeM driver Mikael Greinier was Mercedes’ best in qualifying, finishing fourth ahead of team-mate Mar Engel and fellow AMG GT3 driver Gotz, while Feller had to settle for seventh despite his early heroics on smooth tyres.

Thomas Preining lifted his Team Bernhard 75 Porsche to eighth, while Grasser’s Clemens Schmid was the only Lamborghini driver to finish in the top 10, ninth.

After retiring from Saturday’s race in second due to a puncture, Gotz’s Winward team-mate Lucas Auer completed the top 10 as Kelvin van der Linde (Abt Audi) and Felipe Frago (Red Bull Ferrari) qualified just behind him. taking 11th and 12th places respectively.

Mirko Bartolotti’s title hopes suffered another blow as he struggled to qualify 22nd in his Grasser Lamborghini with a time almost 3 seconds off him. He will start one spot ahead of Olsen, who dropped to 23rd.

DTM Spa qualifying results:

Cla No Driver Car / engine Time Delay
1 33 Rene Rast Audi 2’23.424
2 31 Sheldon van der Linde BMW 2’23,468 0.044
3 37 Nick Cassidy Ferrari 2’23,476 0.052
4 55 Michael Grenier Mercedes 2’23.703 0.279
5 88 Maro Engel Mercedes 2’23,966 0.542
6 1 Maximilian Goetz Mercedes 2’24.041 0.617
7 7 Ricardo Feller Audi 2’24.163 0.739
8 24 Thomas Prening Porsche 2’24.246 0.822
9 85 Clemens Schmid Lamborghini 2’24,556 1,132
10 22 Lucas Auer Mercedes 2’24,593 1,169
11 3 Kelvin van der Linde Audi 2’24,604 1,180
12 74 Felipe Fraga Ferrari 2’24,940 1,516
13 11 Marco Whitman BMW 2’24,940 1,516
14 25 Philip Eng BMW 2’24,994 1,570
15 4 Luka Stolz Mercedes 2’25.113 1,689
16 66 Marius Zug Audi 2’25.258 1,834
17 51 Nico Muller Audi 2’25,347 1,923
18 36 Arjun Maini Mercedes 2’25,453 2,029
19 18 Maximilian Buk Mercedes 2’25,741 2,317
20 92 Laurence Vantor Porsche 2’25,892 2,468
21 10 Esteban Muth BMW 2’26.196 2,772
22 63 Mirko Bartolotti Lamborghini 2’26.237 2,813
23 94 Dennis Olsen Porsche 2’26,385 2,961
24 12 Dev Gore Audi 2’27,552 4,128
25 27 David Schumacher Mercedes 2’27,650 4,226
26 19 Rolf Ineichen Lamborghini 2’29.256 5,832
27 6 Alessio Deleddo Lamborghini 2’32.494 9,070


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