Gary Paffett secures home soil pole position, leading Mercedes top three

Gary Paffett secures home soil pole position, leading Mercedes top three

Gary Paffett
Photo: ITR e.V.

Qualifying for the second Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters race of the weekend saw Gary Paffett take pole position on home soil and a further three points towards his points tally at Brands Hatch this morning (Sunday, August 12th), bettering Daniel Juncadella’s qualifying time from yesterday by 0.121 seconds.

The Briton led a top three lockout from Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM, ahead of Paul Di Resta, and 2015 champion Pascal Wehrlein, who were separated by a mere 0.086 seconds.

Defending champion René Rast factored into the top five in the latter stages of the 20-minute session, being the fastest of Audi Sport’s ranks in fourth.

Lucas Auer was on the cusp on making it a top four from Stuttgart, but was denied by Rast by 0.083 seconds, ahead of Robin Frijns, who completed the top six.

Augusto Farfus, who was second in yesterday’s race, was the best of the BMW drivers down in seventh, ahead of France’s Loïc Duval, who set the pace in final free practice earlier this morning.

Duval was under investigation by the stewards for impeding Wehrlein during qualifying, who will start from 14th on the grid. However, no further action was taken regarding the incident.

Marco Wittmann and Philipp Eng would complete the top ten, who were split by just 0.356 seconds after the completion of the session.

Jamie Green had a better run in qualifying, as the Briton was 11th, ahead of 2013 champion Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Glock.

Nico Müller will have Joel Eriksson alongside for company on row eight, ahead of Edoardo Mortara and Bruno Spengler, who complete the starting order for todays’ race.

The second race of the Brands Hatch DTM race weekend gets underway at 1333 local time, lasting for 55 minutes plus one lap.

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 7 1:17.948 0.000
2 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 7 1:18.021 0.073
3 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 8 1:18.034 0.086
4 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 9 1:18.052 0.104
5 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 8 1:18.135 0.187
6 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:18.140 0.192
7 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 7 1:18.182 0.234
8 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 11 1:18.205 0.257
9 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 9 1:18.244 0.296
10 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 7 1:18.304 0.356
11 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 9 1:18.315 0.367
12 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 9 1:18.330 0.382
13 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 7 1:18.508 0.560
14 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 7 1:18.517 0.569
15 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 9 1:18.607 0.659
16 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 9 1:18.654 0.706
17 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 9 1:18.670 0.722
18 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 8 1:19.115 1.167