Kristensen on Pole at the Norisring

Audi's Tom Kristensen claimed his second consecutive DTM pole position at the Norisring on Saturday as he edged out Mercedes-Benz's Gary Paffett by just nine thousandths of a second

Kristensen on Pole at the Norisring

The Dane sealed his spot with a brilliant middle sector during the top ten Super Pole shoot out, and Paffett's final effort was just not enough to secure him the top spot after being quickest in the main qualifying session.

Canadian Bruno Spengler was one of the surprises of the session as he put in the best performance of his DTM career to take third on the grid in a 2004 car.

Frenchman Jean Alesi will start fourth, having appeared to have sorted the brake problems that had hampered his practice efforts in the morning but losing time in the middle sector.

Championship leader Mathias Ekstrom, who is just one point ahead of Paffett in the standings, was fifth fastest after losing time when he appeared to lock up twice under braking for the first corner.

The Swede will start ahead Opel's Manuel Reuter and Mika Hakkinen in the Mercedes-Benz. Marcel Fassler qualified eighth for Opel, ahead of Mercedes-Benz duo Jamie Green and Bernd Schneider.

Former Grand Prix drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Allan McNish both failed to get inside the top ten to qualify for the Super Pole session. Frentzen will start 11th, with McNish just one place behind.

SUPER POLE Pos Driver Make Time 1. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 48.446 2. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.009 3. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.023 4. Jean Alesi MG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.051 5. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM +0.096 6. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 +0.283 7. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.299 8. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 +0.387 9. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.423 10. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.513 QUALIFYING Pos Driver Make Time 1. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 48.257 2. Jean Alesi MG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.054 3. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM +0.072 4. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.094 5. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.217 6. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.225 7. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM +0.248 8. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.315 9. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 +0.339 10. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 +0.460 11. H.H. Frentzen Opel Vectra GTS V8 +0.493 12. Allan McNish Audi A4 DTM +0.604 13. Frank Stippler Audi A4 DTM +0.623 14. Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM +0.711 15. Rinaldo Capello Audi A4 DTM +0.761 16. Stefan Mucke AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.789 17. Christian Abt Audi A4 DTM +0.849 18. A.Margaritis AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse +0.950 19. Pierre Kaffer Audi A4 DTM +1.232 20. Laurent Aiello Opel Vectra GTS V8 +1.321 STARTING GRID Pos Driver Make 1. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 2. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 3. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 4. Jean Alesi MG-Mercedes C-Klasse 5. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM 6. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 7. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 8. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 9. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 10. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 11. H.H. Frentzen Opel Vectra GTS V8 12. Allan McNish Audi A4 DTM 13. Frank Stippler Audi A4 DTM 14. Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 15. Rinaldo Capello Audi A4 DTM 16. Stefan Mucke AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 17. Christian Abt Audi A4 DTM 18. A.Margaritis AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 19. Pierre Kaffer Audi A4 DTM 20. Laurent Aiello Opel Vectra GTS V8 
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