Di Resta ends Mercedes' pole drought

Paul di Resta took Mercedes' first DTM pole position of the season after a commanding performance in qualifying at Brands Hatch

Di Resta ends Mercedes' pole drought

The Scottish driver set the pace in three of the four segments of qualifying, including the crucial four-way shootout for pole, where he edged Timo Scheider by less than one tenth of a second.

Tom Kristensen took third ahead of Bruno Spengler, who was unable to capitalise on being the last man to take to the track in the final session.

Nurburgring race winner Martin Tomczyk will line up fifth ahead of former champion Gary Paffett, while Mattias Ekstrom is seventh ahead of the top 2008 car of Jamie Green.

Oliver Jarvis was disappointed to be ninth after missing out on Q3 by five thousandths of a second, but he was still the fastest driver in a 2008-spec Audi, just in front of Markus Winkelhock.

Ralf Schumacher survived a scare in Q1 after he was baulked by Johannes Seidlitz while he was set to be eliminated from the session, but he bounced back to make it into Q2, and eventually qualified 11th.

Pos  Driver              Car           Time
 1.  Paul di Resta       Mercedes   41.750s
 2.  Timo Scheider       Audi       41.831s
 3.  Tom Kristensen      Audi       41.837s
 4.  Bruno Spengler      Mercedes   41.938s
 5.  Martin Tomczyk      Audi       41.777s
 6.  Gary Paffett        Mercedes   41.825s
 7.  Mattias Ekstrom     Audi       41.855s
 8.  Jamie Green         Mercedes   41.986s
 9.  Oliver Jarvis       Audi       41.773s
10.  Markus Winkelhock   Audi       41.821s
11.  Ralf Schumacher     Mercedes   41.896s
12.  Mike Rockenfeller   Audi       42.035s
13.  Maro Engel          Mercedes   42.463s
14.  Susie Stoddart      Mercedes   42.602s
15.  Alexandre Premat    Audi       42.258s
16.  Katherine Legge     Audi       42.294s
17.  Mathias Lauda       Mercedes   42.322s
18.  Tomas Kostka        Audi       42.786s
19.  Christian Bakkerud  Audi       43.111s
20.  Johannes Seidlitz   Audi       43.438s

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