Scheider surprised by margin of pole

Timo Scheider says he was surprised by his performance in qualifying at Mugello on Saturday, as he secured his third DTM pole position in a row

Scheider surprised by margin of pole

The Audi driver beat Jamie Green's Mercedes to pole by more than three tenths of a second, while behind him the rest of the frontrunners were very close.

Scheider put his success down to a slow outlap, which saved his tyres around the long circuit.

"It was really surprising, the lap was unbelievable," he told autosport.com. "I don't know why the performance step was suddenly there.

"I felt huge grip straight out of the pits, so I went really slow on my outlap. Usually the second lap is the best, so we push on the outlap, but I waited until the second-to-last corner to start pushing."

The German also believes that he can carry his performance into Sunday's race, despite the fact that the 2008 Audis are 20 kilograms heavier than their Mercedes counterparts this weekend.

"This result is nice because of the ballast," he added. "I was thinking it was only possible to be on the second or third row, so this surprised me.

"We saw on Friday that we could do some quite good long runs, so I'm not scared about the race. The package is perfect.

"We have been solid all weekend, but of course we are heavier, so we will have to be a bit careful with our tyres. But I am not worried about that."

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