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Lausitz DTM: Christian Vietoris puts Mercedes back on pole

Christian Vietoris takes Lausitz DTM poleChristian Vietoris took his maiden DTM pole position in a closely-fought qualifying session at Lausitz on Saturday.

The German's 1m17.715s lap in the single-lap Q4 shootout proved too good for HWA team-mate Gary Paffett, who was 0.2 seconds slower on his own lap minutes later.

Behind them Abt Sportsline driver Jamie Green took his best qualifying position since leaving Mercedes for Audi in third, while Robert Wickens made it three HWA cars on the front two rows despite a mistake on his final lap.

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Surprisingly, none of the BMWs made it into Q4; defending champion Bruno Spengler starting fifth in his Schnitzer M3 with his biggest rival for this year's crown, Mike Rockenfeller, alongside him on the third row in his Phoenix Audi.

Behind them the top 10 was completed by Adrien Tambay - taking his best grid spot of the year - Edoardo Mortara, Roberto Merhi and Augusto Farfus.

However, with Farfus having been given a five-place grid penalty for using a set of tyres that had not been allocated to him during practice, he will start 15th with Pascal Wehrlein instead moving into the top 10.

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One place behind Farfus on the grid will be Miguel Molina, who was ninth fastest in Q1, but failed to take part in Q2 after his car ground to a halt at the end of the earlier session.

Former champions Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekstrom were both eliminated in Q1, the Abt Audi pair joining a quartet of BMW drivers at the rear of the grid.

Among these were MTEK racer Marco Wittmann - second at the last race at Spielberg - and RMG's Martin Tomczyk, who parked his M3 early due to a broken splitter.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car        Time       Gap
 1.  Christian Vietoris  HWA Mercedes    1m17.715s
 2.  Gary Paffett        HWA Mercedes    1m17.940s  + 0.225s
 3.  Jamie Green         Abt Audi        1m18.028s  + 0.313s
 4.  Robert Wickens      HWA Mercedes    1m18.133s  + 0.418s
 5.  Bruno Spengler      Schnitzer BMW   1m17.967s  Q3
 6.  Mike Rockenfeller   Phoenix Audi    1m18.134s  Q3
 7.  Adrien Tambay       Abt Audi        1m18.161s  Q3
 8.  Edoardo Mortara     Rosberg Audi    1m18.205s  Q3
 9.  Roberto Merhi       HWA Mercedes    1m18.335s  Q3
10.  Augusto Farfus      RBM BMW         1m18.383s  Q3
11.  Pascal Wehrlein     Mucke Mercedes  1m18.225s  Q2
12.  Dirk Werner         Schnitzer BMW   1m18.361s  Q2
13.  Filipe Albuquerque  Rosberg Audi    1m18.421s  Q2
14.  Timo Glock          MTEK BMW        1m18.485s  Q2
15.  Daniel Juncadella   Mucke Mercedes  1m18.502s  Q2
16.  Miguel Molina       Phoenix Audi               Q2
17.  Timo Scheider       Abt Audi        1m18.596s  Q1
18.  Mattias Ekstrom     Abt Audi        1m18.742s  Q1
19.  Marco Wittmann      MTEK BMW        1m18.777s  Q1
20.  Joey Hand           RBM BMW         1m18.909s  Q1
21.  Andy Priaulx        RMG BMW         1m19.065s  Q1
22.  Martin Tomczyk      RMG BMW         1m19.137s  Q1
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