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Gap Leaves Paffett Disappointed

Gary Paffett admitted that his disappointment at missing out on pole position for Sunday's DTM race at the Norisring was amplified by the tiny margin that he lost out on the top spot

The Briton was beaten to pole by Denmark's Tom Kristensen by just nine thousandths of a second in the Super Pole shoot out - and he was kicking himself about the gap afterwards.

"It is always disappointing not to get pole position, but to not get pole by just nine thousandths of a second is really disappointing," he said. "If I was to go back over the lap I am sure I could find that gap in about 20 places.

"But at the end of the day it's great to be on the front row of the grid. The car is in great shape so we are quite confident."

With the short Norisring track ensuring the gaps between drivers are small, and the current status of the weight penalties further closing the field, Paffett is predicting a tight battle tomorrow.

"It is much closer than it has been for a long time," he explained. "It is going to be a hard fight and 72 laps around here is going to be hard work for us and hard on the cars. It's just going to be important to have a good pace throughout."

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