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DTM Hockenheim: Mercedes's Paffett takes race one pole, Wittmann P2

Mercedes began its final DTM season by taking pole in the first qualifying session at Hockenheim with Gary Paffett

Paffett's benchmark of 1m32.264s was over one and a half seconds slower than last year's pole time thanks to the new standardised aero package and simplified suspension DTM has mandated for this year.

His fastest lap was set during the first flying runs and was 0.2s quicker than early challenger and fellow Mercedes driver Lucas Auer.

By the end of the first runs, Mercedes had three cars in the top six, while Audi had just one driver, defending champion Rene Rast, inside the top 10.

Paffett failed to improve his time on his the second run, but two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann set three personal best sectors to climb to second, trailing the pole by just 0.199s.

Timo Glock took the final qualifying point by placing his BMW in third ahead of Auer.

Former Sauber Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein while began his DTM comeback from fifth on the grid.

He was second in the morning's practice session, which proved to be far more representative than the first on Friday.

Augusto Farfus (BMW) was sixth ahead of Mercedes driver Edoardo Mortara and BMW's Bruno Spengler.

Rast's title defence began with him taking ninth in qualifying after being shuffled down from inside the top six at the end of his first run.

Joel Eriksson was 10th for BMW ahead of Audi's Mike Rockenfeller and Paul di Resta.

Audi driver Loic Duval is competing in both the World Endurance Championship at Spa and the DTM this weekend and returned to Hockenheim to qualify 16th.

That was two places higher than the seventh Audi entry of two-time champion Mattias Ekstrom, as the Swede begins his farewell DTM event.

Results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m32.264s 6
2 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 0.199s 7
3 Timo Glock RMR BMW 0.204s 8
4 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 0.220s 8
5 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 0.222s 8
6 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 0.419s 10
7 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 0.455s 9
8 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 0.512s 9
9 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 0.516s 9
10 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 0.530s 10
11 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 0.547s 10
12 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 0.577s 7
13 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 0.625s 9
14 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.722s 9
15 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 0.726s 10
16 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 0.772s 10
17 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 0.830s 10
18 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 0.910s 9
19 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 0.986s 9

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