Paffett Lands Pole Blow on Ekstrom

DTM title protagonist Gary Paffett of Mercedes took a major step towards defeating his archrival, Audi's Mattias Ekstrom, by taking pole position for Sunday's 10th round of the pan-European touring car series in Turkey

Paffett Lands Pole Blow on Ekstrom

Paffett, who trails Ekstrom by one point in their title battle, leads a Mercedes 1-2-3-4 in Turkey, with Ekstrom down in fifth. Worst still for the Swede, the next best Audi is Tom Kristensen, down in 10th after producing a terrible Super Pole lap.

Paffett will start ahead of Merc colleagues Bernd Schneider, Bruno Spengler - in a year-old Mercedes - and fellow Brit Jamie Green. Paffett said: "I saw Bernd did a good time, so I had to push hard. The harder I pushed, the faster the car went. It was close though; five hundredths of a second isn't much!"

Ekstrom said: "I'm disappointed but, to be honest, there was not much more time for me to find. I can still fight from there. I need to pass the three Mercs in front of me at the start and then sit behind Gary and wait for a mistake."

To that, Paffett responded: "He'll have to wait a very long time."

Manuel Reuter is the top Opel in sixth, ahead of ex-F1 stars Mika Hakkinen and Jean Alesi of Mercedes. Marcel Fassler (Opel) and Kristensen round out the top 10.

Super Pole: Pos Driver Car Time 1. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.101 2. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.156 + 00.055 3. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.280 + 00.179 4. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.330 + 00.229 5. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM 1:47.553 + 00.452 6. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:47.604 + 00.503 7. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.641 + 00.540 8. Jean Alesi AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.654 + 00.553 9. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:47.936 + 00.835 10. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 1:48.070 + 00.969 Qualifying: Pos Driver Car Time 1. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.208 2. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.337 + 00.129 3. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 1:47.411 + 00.203 4. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.431 + 00.223 5. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.439 + 00.231 6. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM 1:47.467 + 00.259 7. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:47.530 + 00.322 8. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.564 + 00.356 9. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:47.743 + 00.535 10. Jean Alesi AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:47.769 + 00.561 11. Laurent Aiello Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:47.814 + 00.606 12. H.H. Frentzen Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:47.830 + 00.622 13. Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 1:47.848 + 00.640 14. Frank Stippler Audi A4 DTM 1:48.001 + 00.793 15. Allan McNish Audi A4 DTM 1:48.181 + 00.973 16. Rinaldo Capello Audi A4 DTM 1:48.186 + 00.978 17. A. Margaritis AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:48.302 + 01.094 18. Christian Abt Audi A4 DTM 1:48.341 + 01.133 19. Stefan Mucke AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 1:48.377 + 01.169 20. Pierre Kaffer Audi A4 DTM 1:48.392 + 01.184 Starting Grid: Pos Driver Car 1. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 3. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 4. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 5. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM 6. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 7. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 8. Jean Alesi AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 9. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 10. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 11. Laurent Aiello Opel Vectra GTS V8 12. H.H. Frentzen Opel Vectra GTS V8 13. Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 14. Frank Stippler Audi A4 DTM 15. Allan McNish Audi A4 DTM 16. Rinaldo Capello Audi A4 DTM 17. A. Margaritis AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 18. Christian Abt Audi A4 DTM 19. Stefan Mucke AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 20. Pierre Kaffer Audi A4 DTM 
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