Paffett on Pole; Mercedes Dominate

Gary Paffett set the fastest lap of the weekend at Lausitzring, on his way to claiming the pole position in the super-pole session today

Paffett on Pole; Mercedes Dominate

Paffett lapped the newly configured, 3.410 kilometres long EuroSpeedway Lausitzring in one minute and 15.808 seconds - some two tenths of a second faster than compatriot Jamie Green, making the front of tomorrow's race an all-British, all-Mercedes affair.

Former Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen - taking part in his first DTM Super-Pole - qualified in third, just a fraction of a second behind the two Britons. The Finn, who is expecting his second child in the next couple of weeks, was second fastest in the qualifying session but was unable to improve his times in the Super-Pole session.

Mercedes dominated both qualifying and super-pole sessions, with only Audi's Mattias Ekstrom spoiling an all-Mercedes top six. The reigning DTM Champion was fastest in the qualifying session, but was only able to set the fourth fastest time in the Super-Pole session.

Perhaps the most disappointed driver of the day, though, was Jean Alesi, winner of the previous race, two weeks ago. Alesi was one of only two Mercedes drivers not to make it into the Super-Pole contest, having qualified in 11th.

DTM Qualifying, Lausitzring

Pos Driver Make Laps Time 1. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM 8 1:16.064 2. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Class 7 1:16.071 + 0.007 3. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Class 6 1:16.163 + 0.099 4. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Class 6 1:16.318 + 0.254 5. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Class 9 1:16.342 + 0.278 6. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Class 6 1:16.404 + 0.340 7. Stefan Mucke AMG-Mercedes C-Class 9 1:16.653 + 0.589 8. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 9 1:16.694 + 0.630 9. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 9 1:16.723 + 0.659 10. Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 9 1:16.764 + 0.700 11. Jean Alesi AMG-Mercedes C-Class 9 1:16.776 + 0.712 12. Pierre Kaffer Audi A4 DTM 9 1:16.890 + 0.826 13. Allan McNish Audi A4 DTM 9 1:16.901 + 0.837 14. Frank Stippler Audi A4 DTM 9 1:16.913 + 0.849 15. Manuel Reuter Opel Vectra GTS V8 9 1:16.945 + 0.881 16. Rinaldo Capello Audi A4 DTM 9 1:17.073 + 1.009 17. H.H Frentzen Opel Vectra GTS V8 8 1:17.103 + 1.039 18. Christian Abt Audi A4 DTM 9 1:17.268 + 1.204 19. Alex Margaritis AMG-Mercedes C-Class 9 1:17.308 + 1.244 20. Laurent Aiello Opel Vectra GTS V8 8 1:17.457 + 1.393 

Super Pole

Pos Driver Make Time 1. Gary Paffett AMG-Mercedes C-Class 1:15.808 2. Jamie Green AMG-Mercedes C-Class 1:16.015 + 0.207 3. Mika Hakkinen AMG-Mercedes C-Class 1:16.106 + 0.298 4. Mattias Ekstrom Audi A4 DTM 1:16.244 + 0.436 5. Bernd Schneider AMG-Mercedes C-Class 1:16.358 + 0.550 6. Bruno Spengler AMG-Mercedes C-Class 1:16.441 + 0.633 7. Tom Kristensen Audi A4 DTM 1:16.468 + 0.660 8. Marcel Fassler Opel Vectra GTS V8 1:16.581 + 0.773 9. Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 1:16.596 + 0.788 10. Stefan Mucke AMG-Mercedes C- Class 1:16.638 + 0.830 
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