Hakkinen Scores First DTM Pole

Mika Hakkinen secured his first pole position in DTM after today's Super Pole qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps

Hakkinen Scores First DTM Pole

Hakkinen was only eighth fastest in the qualifying session, but in the Super Pole session the Finn lapped Spa in 2:32.729 in his Mercedes to take the top spot in only his third DTM race.

Audi drivers Mattias Ekstrom and Christian Abt line-up behind the twice Formula One World Champion.

Hakkinen's charge was helped by several drivers having problems on their Super Pole laps. Jean Alesi and Jamie Green both went off at Stavelot, and Ekstrom went off on the Bus Stop on his warm up lap.

Laurent Aiello looked to be capable of challenging Hakkinen's time, however the session was red-flagged during his quick lap because had Tom Kristensen spun into the gravel on his slowing down lap. Aillio then went off at Les Coombe on his second attempt, handing Hakkinen the pole.

Championship leader Gary Paffett will start 10th after not participating in the Super Pole. The Englishman's Mercedes was too badly damaged after a crash in the first qualifying session.

DTM Qualifying Results - Spa-Francorchamps:

Super Pole Pos Driver Team Time 1. Mika Hakkinen Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes 2:32.729 2. Mattias Ekstrom Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 2:33.292 + 0.563 3. Christian Abt Audi Sport Team Joest Racing 2:33.991 + 1.262 4. Marcel Fassler GMAC Team OPC 2:34.121 + 1.392 5. Pierre Kaffer Audi Sport Team Joest Racing 2:34.304 + 1.575 6. Tom Kristensen Audi Sport Team Abt 2:34.870 + 2.141 7. Laurent Aiello Team OPC 2:35.844 + 3.115 8. Jean Alesi AMG-Mercedes 2:36.884 + 4.155 9. Jamie Green Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes 2:41.078 + 8.349 10. Gary Paffett DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG No Time Qualifying Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Laurent Aiello Team OPC  2:31.928 7 2. Marcel Fassler GMAC Team OPC 2:32.450 + 0.522 7 3. Tom Kristensen Audi Sport Team Abt 2:32.630 + 0.702 8 4. Mattias Ekstrom Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 2:32.918 + 0.990 8 5. Jamie Green Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes 2:33.391 + 1.463 8 6. Pierre Kaffer Audi Sport Team Joest Racing 2:33.569 + 1.641 7 7. Christian Abt Audi Sport Team Joest Racing 2:33.901 + 1.973 9 8. Mika Hakkinen Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes 2:33.904 + 1.976 9 9. Jean Alesi AMG-Mercedes 2:33.913 + 1.985 9 10. Gary Paffett DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG 2:34.036 + 2.108 6 11. Stefan Mucke Mucke Motorsport 2:34.293 + 2.365 9 12. Bernd Schneider Vodafone AMG-Mercedes 2:34.364 + 2.436 9 13. Allan McNish Audi Sport Team Abt 2:34.454 + 2.526 9 14. Martin Tomczyk Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 2:34.788 + 2.860 8 15. A. Margaritis Mucke Motorsport 2:34.976 + 3.048 9 16. H.H. Frentzen Stern Team OPC 2:35.215 + 3.287 8 17. Manuel Reuter Team OPC 2:35.476 + 3.548 7 18. Rinaldo Capello Audi Sport Team Joest 2:36.366 + 4.438 9 19. Bruno Spengler Junge Gebrauchte von Mercedes 2:37.118 + 5.190 8 20. Frank Stippler Audi Sport Team Joest 2:37.164 + 5.236 9 
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