For the first 2020 race, the DTM is in Belgium, on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The series has not forgotten Alex Zanardi, who remains in worrying condition following his handcycle accident.
Qualifying race 1
For these first qualifications of the 2020 season, a season which will see a two-headed fight between the Audi RS 5 DTM and the BMW M4 DTM, following the successive withdrawals of Mercedes-Benz and then of Aston Martin, Audi has struck the first.
The drivers of the brand with the four rings achieved the quadruplet in this qualif 1, with the first pole of the year for the Dutch Robin Frijns (Audi Abt Sportsline # 4) in 2.05.625, ahead of his teammate at Abt Sportsline, the Swiss Nico Müller (# 51, 2.05.743). Then we find defending champion René Rast (Audi Rosberg # 33), just over two tenths behind, and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Phoenix # 99), almost four tenths behind.
Sheldon van der Linde was the fastest of the BMW riders, in 1.26.242, with the BMW M4 DTM RBM # 31) and he shares the third row with Timo Glock (BMW RMG # 16). Loïc Duval (Audi Phoenix # 28) was seventh and the two rookies Robert Kubica (BMW Art Grand Prix # 8) and Harrison Newey (Audi WRT # 10) brought up the rear in fourteenth and fifteenth place.
Audi have confirmed their
current supremacy and after the qualifying quadruplet,
they have achieved a quintuplet.
The heat which prevailed in the Belgian Ardennes played a big role and the management of the tires was decisive.
Frijns started from pole and took Nico Müller in his wake. However, the pace of the # 4 Audi slumped and the Swiss took the lead in the quarterfinal race. He was no longer going to be dislodged.
Frijns fell in the standings over the course of the race while René Rast was never in the right tempo. The German driver was even going to make two pit stops. He nevertheless saved the furniture by finishing fifth.
Nice race from Loïc Duval. The Chartrain started badly but methodically gained positions to finish on the podium of this first race. While he could even think of second place, he was overwhelmed at the end of the race by Jamie Green who successfully carved his way into the field after starting far on the grid.
Mike Rockenfeller, Duval's teammate at Phoenix, took fourth place, between Duval and Rast.
The first BMW M4 DTM, that of Philipp Eng (RBM # 25) finished sixth, but 36 seconds behind Müller. Lucas Auer (RMR # 22) is seventh and Timo Glock eighth, just ahead of Robin Frijns.
Nico Müller was also the most
fast in the race in 2.09.756.
Today's results are here