The Van der Linde brothers swept the front row for DTM’s race 1 at the Lausitzring with ‘little brother’ Sheldon scoring pole position ahead of Kelvin.


A mid-session gust of fast times left Liam Lawson atop the charts in qualifying for the first race until the final minutes arrived when Abt Sportsline Audi R8 LMS GT3 teammates Kelvin van der Linde and Mike Rockenfeller squeezed in lap times under one-tenth quicker.

In overtime, however, it was Sheldon van der Linde aboard the #31 Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 who bested them all with a 1:30.537, narrowly beating Kelvin van der Linde’s 1:30.564 to join his brother on the front row.

This marks Sheldon’s second DTM pole and the first in the GT3 era.

Mike Rockenfeller secured third place for Saturday’s race 1, lining up on the second row of the grid alongside the #10 T3 Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of Esteban Muth.

Row three is locked out by #30 Red Bull AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 driver and Monza race winner Liam Lawson and Arjun Maini – the Indian operating the #36 Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Starting from seventh place will be Alex Albon (#23 AlphaTauri AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3), with DTM ace Timo Glock (#16 Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3) alongside in eight.

Rounding out the top ten are Philip Ellis (#57 Mercedes-AMG Team Winward Mercedes-AMG GT3) and Maximilian Buhk (#18 Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3).

Race 1 at the revised Lausitzring – now including the full turn 1 banking – starts Saturday at 13:15 CEST.


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