Green grabs Hockenheim pole

Jamie Green scored the second pole position of his short DTM career for the season-finale at Hockenheim on Saturday

Green grabs Hockenheim pole

Green, in his rookie season with the Mercedes squad, outdid four-time Champion colleague Bernd Schneider in damp but drying conditions.

Schneider had the benefit running last in the single-lap Super Pole, by dint of setting the pace in the pre-qualifying session, but a mistake at the last corner cost him half a second.

Green said: "We've not driven on wet tyres in such dry conditions before, so it was difficult to know what to expect. I expected Bernd to beat my time, so when he made a mistake it was a surprise. Still, pole is pole."

That mistake allowed Tom Kristensen's Audi to jump up to second on the grid, this despite a major moment at Turn 1 when his A4 snapped out of control briefly across the treacherously wet kerbs. The rest of his lap was sublime, however, and he only missed out on pole by 0.076secs.

"I thought we had to go on slicks, but when I saw [Gary] Paffett was on wets, we stuck with what we originally chose," said Kristensen.

"I had a slow out lap, and didn't feel the grip level, which is what led to what happened at Turn 1. But I was the fastest in the motordrome, so maybe going wide helped cool the [treaded] tyres."

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was fourth fastest in the leading Opel, but over a second away from pole position. Frank Stippler was brave enough to go for slicks on his year-old Audi and was rewarded with fifth on the grid, beating Championship leader Gary Paffett, who decided not to gamble.

"Sixth isn't bad when you realise that Mattias is 15th," said Paffett. "It's a pity in terms of the Championship fight. It's going to be very hard for him to do anything from there."

Ekstrom, who missed the Super Pole after a disastrous pre-qualifying, fired back: "If Kimi Raikkonen can win a Grand Prix from 17th on the grid then why can't I win from 15th?"

Super Pole results:

Pos Driver Make Time 1. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:45.294 2. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 1:45.370 + 0.076 3. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:45.871 + 0.577 4. H.H. Frentze Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:45.888 + 0.594 5. Frank Stippler Audi A4 DTM 1:46.961 + 1.667 6. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.141 + 1.847 7. Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 1:49.328 + 4.034 8. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:49.378 + 4.084 9. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:50.303 + 5.009 10. Laurent Aiello Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:54.764 + 9.470 Final grid: Pos Driver Make 1. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 3. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 4. H.H. Frentze Opel Vectra GTS V8 5. Frank Stippler Audi A4 DTM 6. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 7. Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 8. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 9. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 10. Laurent Aiello Opel Vectra GTS V8 11. A. Margaritis AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 12. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 13. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 14. Jean Alesi AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 15. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM 16. Allan McNish Audi A4 DTM 17. Rinaldo Capello Audi A4 DTM 18. Christian Abt Audi A4 DTM 19. Pierre Kaffer Audi A4 DTM 20. Stefan Mucke AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 
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