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Pole position and second place in Saturday’s race at #misano, Loïc Duval in third
Controversial safety car deployment prevents possible Audi one-two result
Misano, June 8, 2019 – On clinching pole position and second place in Saturday’s race, Audi driver René Rast took the overall lead in the #dtm at #misano (Italy). Loïc Duval, in third position, achieved his first podium finish this season. MotoGP star #andreadovizioso impressed in his maiden #dtm race with twelfth position and spectacular duels.
Rast clinched the first pole position for the new Audi RS 5 #dtm at #misano even though the driver from Audi Sport Team Rosberg had only one outing in qualifying, so saving one set of tires. Jonathan Aberdein from the WRT Team Audi Sport customer team, Loïc Duval from Audi Sport Team Phoenix and Robin Frijns from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in grid positions two, three and four completed Audi’s strong showing.
However, a controversial safety car period subsequently prevented a possible one-two result of the four rings in Saturday’s race. When Joel Eriksson parked his BMW trackside after two laps, race control deployed the safety car, which particularly benefited Eriksson’s fellow BMW driver Marco Wittmann, who had entered the race from last spot on the grid and made his mandatory pit stop as early as after lap one. The safety car thus provided Wittmann with an unassailable advantage.
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