Paffett charges to pole position on the limit
The local hero was already in a very good position in the battle for the DTM championship title, but things got even better for him in qualifying: with a time of 1m17.948s, Gary Paffett claimed pole position in Sunday’s qualifying at Brands Hatch and added another three points to his tally. “That was a big step ahead compared to yesterday. The car handled very well today. My first run wasn’t good, Paul was seven tenths of a second faster there. I thought that it was going to be tough for me. On my second run, I was on the limit at some places. When I saw my lap time, I could hardly believe it. I am very happy,” the Mercedes driver said.
The three-pointed star shone brightly in second qualifying as, together with Paffett, three further Mercedes-AMG drivers were classified in the top five with Paul Di Resta (1m18.021s), Pascal Wehrlein (1m18.034s) and Lucas Auer (1m18.135s). Only Audi driver René Rast (1m18.052s) was able to break into this phalanx with the fourth-fastest time. Augusto Farfus (1m18.182s) was the best-placed BMW driver in seventh. “This is more than I had expected, but we are not letting ourselves get carried away now. A few tenths fastest and I would have been on the front row. We have the pace to make it onto the podium,” DTM champion Rast said.
“The speed was already there yesterday, but a yellow flag got in the way on my second run. Today, I was also very fast on my first run, but then I had a slight off. On my second run, everything had to be spot-on. I made it exciting, but there was no need. Third place is a super result,” Wehrlein said.
Disappointed and clueless was Timo Glock (1m18.508s), who was classified third. The BMW driver is seeing his championship chances disappear. “There is no point in whining. I can’t explain it. The tyres were extremely hard, I couldn’t get them to work. Now, I am hoping for rain. Otherwise, we will just be running at the back.”
The second race from Brands Hatch will be streamed live at DTM.com/live and in the DTM apps for iOS and Android. The race starts at 14.30 hrs (CET).