Brands Hatch DTM: Paffett beats di Resta to pole

DTM championship leader Gary Paffett beat title rival Paul di Resta to pole for Sunday's second race at Brands Hatch as Mercedes drivers locked out the top three positions.

Brands Hatch DTM: Paffett beats di Resta to pole

Paffett set the fastest time of the weekend so far on his final lap of the 20-minute session, recording a 1m17948s in his Mercedes C63 to eclipse fellow Briton di Resta's early benchmark by 0.073 seconds.

Di Resta failed to improve on his second set of runs, securing Paffett a fourth pole of the season.

Former Manor and Sauber Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein completed the top three, qualifying only 13 thousandths slower than di Resta.

Rene Rast was the fastest non-Mercedes driver in fourth, a little more than a tenth off the pace in his Audi RS5, ahead of Saturday front row starter Lucas Auer and Robin Frijns.

Race one runner-up Augusto Farfus was BMW's leading representative in seventh, with Loic Duval (Audi) eighth ahead of another two BMW drivers - Marco Wittmann and Philipp Eng.

The third Briton on the grid, Jamie Green, was 11th and less than four tenths off pole in his RS5 ahead of Mike Rockenfeller.

All but one of the 18 cars qualified within a second of each other, with Bruno Spengler bringing up the rear by improving to a 1m19.115s on his final lap.

Session results

Cla # Driver Car Laps Time Gap
1 2 United Kingdom Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 7 1'17.948  
2 3 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 7 1'18.021 0.073
3 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 8 1'18.034 0.086
4 33 Germany René Rast Audi RS5 DTM 9 1'18.052 0.104
5 22 Austria Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 8 1'18.135 0.187
6 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'18.140 0.192
7 15 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM 7 1'18.182 0.234
8 28 France Loic Duval Audi RS5 DTM 11 1'18.205 0.257
9 11 Germany Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM 9 1'18.244 0.296
10 25 Austria Philipp Eng BMW M4 DTM 7 1'18.304 0.356
11 53 United Kingdom Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 9 1'18.315 0.367
12 99 Germany Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 DTM 9 1'18.330 0.382
13 16 Germany Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM 7 1'18.508 0.560
14 23 Spain Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 7 1'18.517 0.569
15 51 Switzerland Nico Müller Audi RS5 DTM 9 1'18.607 0.659
16 47 Sweden Joel Eriksson BMW M4 DTM 9 1'18.654 0.706
17 48 Italy Edoardo Mortara Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 9 1'18.670 0.722
18 7 Canada Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM 8 1'19.115 1.167
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