Audi’s Van der Linde pushes Lawson back for 2 pole race – Sportscar365


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Abt Sportsline Audi driver Kelvin van der Linde won his first career DTM pole for the second race of the season opener at Monza.

Van der Linde led qualifying for Sunday’s 50-minute race with a time of 1: 46.604 in his No.3 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo, while Saturday winner Liam Lawson issued a late challenge to get himself qualify second.

Nico Mueller set the tone at the start of Audi Team Rosberg, but the Swiss driver was beaten to the lead in timing by van der Linde’s initial effort clocking 1: 46.706.

Van der Linde, who turns 25 today, continued for another attempt and managed to cut his provisional pole time by a tenth to secure first place.

Lawson reached second place in his 2020 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo Red Bull AF Corse which has gained 25kg of ballast since winning Race 1.

The FIA ​​Formula 2 leader split the van der Linde brothers, Kelvin and Sheldon, who were initially first and second in order. Lawson’s final time of 1: 46.682 came just 0.078 seconds off pole.

Sheldon van der Linde settled for third in 1: 46.834 behind the wheel of his ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3, ahead of Mueller who finished fourth.

A late improvement from Esteban Muth saw the T3 Motorsport Lamborghini driver take fifth place, ahead of Saturday’s poleman Vincent Abril in the best of Haupt Racing Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evos.

Abril was the best Mercedes-AMG driver in qualifying on Sunday, after the German manufacturer blocked the first two grid rows for Race 1.

The Monegasque driver was closely followed by AMG competitors Lucas Auer, Maximilian Goetz, Daniel Juncadella and Philip Ellis.

Two-time series champion Marco Wittmann qualified 11th behind the Mercedes-AMG train in his BMW Walkenhorst Motorsport.

Alex Albon finished 12th in the second Ferrari AF Corse, ahead of Timo Glock of ROWE Racing, Arjun Maini of GetSpeed ​​and Maximilian Buhk of Muecke Motorsport.

RESULTS: Qualification 2

Daniel Lloyd

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.


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