Green Scores First DTM Pole

Jamie Green registered his maiden pole position in the DTM at EuroSpeedway Lausitz today, the Briton lapping in his Mercedes C-Class two-tenths faster than Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Opel Vectra GTS in the single-lap Super Pole

Green Scores First DTM Pole

Things looked good for Opel in pre-qualifying, with Laurent Aiello setting the pace right at the end of the 27-minute session on an ever-drying track. Title protagonists Mattias Ekstrom (Audi) and Gary Paffett (Mercedes) sandwiched Mika Hakkinen's Mercedes.

The Super Pole was a totally different story, however. Third on track, by dint of being eighth fastest in pre-qualifying, Green's 1:17.489 was only ever rivalled by Frentzen's 1:17.679.

Manuel Reuter, who was first to set a time, only dropped to third as the track appeared to get slower and slower for no apparent reason.

"I'm quite surprised," admitted Green. "I expected the track to get quicker, but no-one could beat my time. It was a good lap, but not a dream lap."

Hakkinen was fourth fastest, despite flirting with the edge of the track at Turn 3 and a big twitch through the quick Apcoa right-hander.

Ekstrom took fifth with a restrained lap after seeing arch-rival Paffett suffer a major oversteer moment at Turn 2. Paffett will start eighth, behind Audi's Tom Kristensen.

Martin Tomczyk (Audi), Aiello (who was quick in the middle sector but awfully slow at the start and finish) and Rinaldo Capello (Audi) rounded out the top 10.

Super Pole: Pos Driver Car Time 1. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:17.489 2. H.H. Frentzen Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:17.679 + 0.190 3. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:18.106 + 0.617 4. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:18.136 + 0.647 5. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM 1:18.142 + 0.653 6. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 1:18.289 + 0.800 7. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:18.386 + 0.897 8. Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 1:18.481 + 0.992 9. Laurent Aiello Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:18.867 + 1.378 10. Rinaldo Capello Audi A4 DTM 1:19.234 + 1.745 Qualifying: Pos Driver Car Time 1. Laurent Aiello Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:17.759 2. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM 1:17.855 + 0.096 3. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:17.973 + 0.214 4. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:17.997 + 0.238 5. H.H. Frentzen Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:17.998 + 0.239 6. Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 1:18.006 + 0.247 7. Rinaldo Capello Audi A4 DTM 1:18.110 + 0.351 8. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:18.130 + 0.371 9. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 1:18.152 + 0.393 10. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:18.177 + 0.418 11. Jean Alesi AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:18.221 + 0.462 12. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:18.244 + 0.485 13. Frank Stippler Audi A4 DTM 1:18.288 + 0.529 14. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:18.307 + 0.548 15. Allan McNish Audi A4 DTM 1:18.366 + 0.607 16. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:18.415 + 0.656 17. Stefan Mucke AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:18.614 + 0.855 18. Pierre Kaffer Audi A4 DTM 1:18.918 + 1.159 19. Christian Abt Audi A4 DTM 1:19.007 + 1.248 20. A. Margaritis AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:19.330 + 1.571 Starting Grid: Pos Driver Car 1. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2. H.H. Frentzen Opel Vectra GTS V8 3. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 4. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 5. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM 6. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 7. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 8. Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 9. Laurent Aiello Opel Vectra GTS V8 10. Rinaldo Capello Audi A4 DTM 11. Jean Alesi AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 12. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 13. Frank Stippler Audi A4 DTM 14. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 15. Allan McNish Audi A4 DTM 16. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 17. Stefan Mucke AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 18. Pierre Kaffer Audi A4 DTM 19. Christian Abt Audi A4 DTM 20. A. Margaritis AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 
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