Having dropped from first to 3rd within the standings after two robust weekends on the Pink Bull Ring and Assen, the Abt Sportsline driver claimed pole place by nearly half a second in Germany to place his championship problem again on observe.
Van der Linde was quickest in observe on Friday however sat second behind the Winward Mercedes of Auer after the primary runs in qualifying, trailing the winner of Assen’s second race by 0.149s.
After returning to trace within the remaining minutes of the session, van der Linde unleashed the true tempo of his Audi R8 LMS GT3, posting a time of 1m36.649s to go 0.483s faster than Auer.
Not one of the remaining 19 drivers may get near his van der Linde’s time or that of Auer’s after finishing their remaining laps, securing the South African his first pole within the DTM for the reason that Nurburgring in August.
Van der Linde’s pole margin was the most important seen in any qualifying to date this yr, and the three factors he scored means he now sits simply 13 factors behind Lawson within the standings.
Pink Bull junior Lawson certified third behind Auer after bettering to a 1m37.261s on his remaining flying lap within the AF Corse 488 GT3, having sat seventh mid-way by means of the session.
Liam Lawson, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
Picture by: DTM
That point demoted the GruppeM Mercedes of Daniel Juncadella to the surface of the second row, forward of fellow AMG GT3s of Arjun Maini (GetSpeed), championship contender Maximilian Gotz and Vincent Abril (each HRT).
Final yr’s runner up Nico Muller loved an improved displaying in qualifying after a tough center a part of the season within the Crew Rosberg Audi, securing eighth spot on the grid with a time of 1m37.456s.
Lawson’s team-mate Alex Albon clocked the ninth quickest time, whereas sequence debutante Marvin Dienst made it six vehicles from Mercedes’ secure inside the highest 10 substituting at Mucke Motorsport for Maximilian Buhk – who’s on ADAC GT Masters responsibility on the Sachsenring.
Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann endured a tough qualifying session as he completed over a second off the tempo in thirteenth. The Walkenhorst BMW driver presently sits second within the standings, between Lawson and van der Linde.
In the first of his two DTM outings with Abt as a ‘farewell gift’ following its exit from Formula E, Lucas di Grassi certified 18th on his sequence debut with a time of 1m38.355s, sandwiched between team-mates Mike Rockenfeller and Sophia Floersch.