Both drivers remain under investigation for blocking, with Wittmann enduring a disastrous qualifying session less than 24 hours after victory.
Wittmann was unable to produce a flying lap after reporting a loss of power before blocking Rast and a rapid repair job by his RMG BMW crew meant he was able to rejoin the session in the final minute, but he could not cross the line to begin a timed lap before the session ended.
Rast was also given a further boost in his run to pole when the second runs began, as Frijns came to a stop in the pitlane and was unable to head back out.
That meant Rast's 1m24.849s lap was good enough for pole by just 0.132s after WRT Audi driver surprised by placing his RS5 DTM on the front row of the grid.
Aberdein's run shuffled Audi's and Frijns down to third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Van der Linde was the best-placed BMW in sixth ahead of , the Audi driver having held third after the first qualifying runs.
Top Aston Martin driver , with Wittmann lining up last in 18th.
|1||33|| René Rast ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'24.849|
|2||27|| Jonathan Aberdein ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'24.981||0.132|
|3||99|| Mike Rockenfeller ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'25.017||0.168|
|4||51|| Nico Müller ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'25.018||0.169|
|5||4|| Robin Frijns ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'25.102||0.253|
|6||31|| Sheldon Van Der Linde ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1'25.147||0.298|
|7||28|| Loic Duval ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'25.388||0.539|
|8||25|| Philipp Eng ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1'25.410||0.561|
|9||16|| Timo Glock ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1'25.468||0.619|
|10||21|| Pietro Fittipaldi ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'25.485||0.636|
|11||47|| Joel Eriksson ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1'25.517||0.668|
|12||7|| Bruno Spengler ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM||1'25.750||0.901|
|13||53|| Jamie Green ||Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM||1'25.854||1.005|
|14||23|| Daniel Juncadella ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1'26.087||1.238|
|15||3|| Paul di Resta ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1'26.370||1.521|
|16||62|| Ferdinand Habsburg ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1'26.566||1.717|
|17||76|| Jake Dennis ||Aston Martin Vantage DTM||1'27.379||2.530|
|11|| Marco Wittmann ||BMW M4 Turbo DTM|
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