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DTM Hockenheim: Auer takes pole as Paffett closes on di Resta

Mercedes driver Lucas Auer took pole position for the opening DTM race at Hockenheim as Gary Paffett halved Paul di Resta's championship lead by qualifying second

Di Resta started the weekend with a four-point advantage over Paffett, but the latter scored two points by taking second in qualifying.

Paffett set the first representative lap, leading with a 1m33.118s but BMW duo Timo Glock and Joel Eriksson managed to move ahead of him before the mid-session lull, former Formula 1 driver Glock the only one with a sub-1m33s time.

But Paffett was again early as the second runs began and lowered his benchmark to retake first with a 1m32.737s.

Audi drivers Nico Muller and Rene Rast could not beat Paffett's time, but Auer eventually went 0.102s faster during the final minute of the session, the Austrian taking his third pole position of the season.

Glock had to settle for third, but this will become eighth on the starting grid as the German was given a five-place penalty for picking up his third warning last time out in Austria.

This promoted Rast, who still has an outside shot of the title, to third place.

He will be followed by fellow BMW driver Augusto Farfus and Muller.

Di Resta was only 0.290s off the pace but was eighth fastest, however Glock's penalty, and a similar one for Philipp Eng, mean he will start sixth.

The rest of the top 10 of the grid will be completed by Robin Frijns, Glock, Edoardo Mortara and Eriksson.

Marco Wittmann crashed in the morning practice and his car couldn't be repaired in time for qualifying.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 1m32.635s
2 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 0.102s
3 Timo Glock RMR BMW 0.116s
4 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 0.212s
5 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 0.245s
6 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.252s
7 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 0.267s
8 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 0.290s
9 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 0.311s
10 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 0.314s
11 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 0.407s
12 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 0.435s
13 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 0.463s
14 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 0.489s
15 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.533s
16 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 0.640s
17 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 0.737s


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