Hockenheim DTM: Gary Paffett takes first pole in three years

Mercedes driver Gary Paffett will start the DTM season finale at Hockenheim at the front of the grid, after claiming his first pole position in more than three years

Hockenheim DTM: Gary Paffett takes first pole in three years

The 2005 champion was 23rd on the timesheets at the death, but vaulted to the top with a lap of 1m32.645s moments before the chequered flag flew.

It was good enough to secure pole for the first time since the Norisring round in June 2012.

He'll be joined on the front row by countryman Jamie Green, the Audi driver improving after the chequered flag but falling just 0.038 seconds short of Paffett's benchmark.

Green spent time at the top earlier in a 20-minute session dominated by Audi.

The brand finished with six of the top eight drivers, with Mattias Ekstrom and Miguel Molina - who was the first driver to break the 1m33s barrier - third and fourth.

Adrien Tambay qualified a season-best sixth, ahead of Nico Muller and Saturday victor Timo Scheider.

Maxime Martin was fifth for BMW, while Maximilian Gotz and Augusto Farfus complete the top 10, which is covered by 0.331s.

After becoming the youngest-ever DTM champion on Saturday, Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein saved his worst qualifying result of the year for the final race and will start 17th.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 1m32.645s -
2 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m32.683s 0.038s
3 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m32.729s 0.084s
4 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m32.746s 0.101s
5 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m32.826s 0.181s
6 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m32.845s 0.200s
7 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m32.861s 0.216s
8 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m32.936s 0.291s
9 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 1m32.958s 0.313s
10 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m32.976s 0.331s
11 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m32.991s 0.346s
12 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m33.056s 0.411s
13 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m33.064s 0.419s
14 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m33.093s 0.448s
15 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 1m33.096s 0.451s
16 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m33.098s 0.453s
17 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m33.120s 0.475s
18 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m33.163s 0.518s
19 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m33.223s 0.578s
20 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m33.255s 0.610s
21 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m33.481s 0.836s
22 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 1m33.549s 0.904s
23 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m33.639s 0.994s
24 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m33.801s 1.156s


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