Hockenheim DTM: Paffett beats the Audi hordes for pole

Gary Paffett took the final pole position of the 2015 DTM season at Hockenheim, narrowly edging out Audi drivers Jamie Green and Mattias Ekstrom.

Hockenheim DTM: Paffett beats the Audi hordes for pole
Gary Paffett, ART Grand Prix Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Gary Paffett, ART Grand Prix Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS 5 DTM
Miguel Molina, Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS 5 DTM

Mercedes driver Paffett's benchmark of 1m32.645s came in the dying moments of the session, pipping compatriot Green by the slender margin of 0.038s to become the 14th different polesitter in 18 races.

Ekstrom had been on provisional pole until Paffett and Green's last flying laps, and set a best first sector on his final attempt before encountering traffic in the form of Robert Wickens' Mercedes and running slightly wide at Mobil 1 Kurve.

That meant the Swede had to be content with third, 0.084s off the pace, ahead of fellow Audi man and erstwhile pacesetter Miguel Molina.

Race 1 poleman Maxime Martin was best of the BMWs in fifth place, ahead of the Audis of Adrian Tambay, Nico Muller and Saturday's race winner Timo Scheider.

Maximilian Gotz (Mercedes) and Augusto Farfus (BMW) completed a top 10 split by just three tenths, while newly crowned champion Pascal Wehrlein struggled to a lowly 17th place.

Qualifying results:

Pos. Driver Car Time Gap
Gary Paffett Mercedes 1'32.645  
Jamie Green Audi 1'32.683 0.038
Mattias Ekstrom Audi 1'32.729 0.084
Miguel Molina Audi 1'32.746 0.101
Maxime Martin BMW 1'32.826 0.181
Adrien Tambay Audi 1'32.845 0.200
Nico Muller Audi 1'32.861 0.216
Timo Scheider Audi 1'32.936 0.291
Maximilian Gotz Mercedes 1'32.958 0.313
10  Augusto Farfus BMW 1'32.976 0.331
11  Paul Di Resta Mercedes 1'32.991 0.346
12  Tom Blomqvist BMW 1'33.056 0.411
13  Edoardo Mortara Audi 1'33.064 0.419
14  Mike Rockenfeller Audi 1'33.093 0.448
15  Bruno Spengler BMW 1'33.096 0.451
16  Marco Wittmann BMW 1'33.098 0.453
17  Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1'33.120 0.475
18  Daniel Juncadella Mercedes 1'33.163 0.518
19  Antonio Felix da Costa BMW 1'33.223 0.578
20  Robert Wickens Mercedes 1'33.255 0.610
21  Timo Glock BMW 1'33.481 0.836
22  Lucas Auer Mercedes 1'33.549 0.904
23  Martin Tomczyk BMW 1'33.639 0.994
24  Christian Vietoris Mercedes 1'33.801 1.156
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