Kristensen takes Pole at Barcelona

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Tom Kristensen took Pole Position in today’s DTM Qualifying, edging the Mercedes of Paul di Resta by 0.064 seconds in Q4.

Kristensen looked most impressive in Q3 however, posting a blindingly fast time that nobody could even get close to. Fellow Audi driver Martin Tomczyk took 3rd position, and was the 4th fastest qualifier in Q3, crucially knocking Gary Paffett out of the Q4 Pole Shootout. 4th position was initally held by Bruno Spengler, but on his final lap seemed to have a mechnanical issue with his car, and a few corners after the finish, he came to a halt on the track.

It turned out Spengler had run out of fuel, thanks to an error by his pitcrew, who used the wrong fuel can and thus had not put enough fuel in the car to finish the session. Thus, the car failed scrutineering for not having the minimum requirement of fuel onboard, and Spengler was demoted to 8th on the grid.

This put Paffet in 4th position, followed by the other two works Audis of Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekström, and Alex Premat‘s 2008-spec Audi A4.

Scheider was not happy with his qualifying performance, with two of his biggest championship rivals qualifying ahead of him, “Sixth place isn't a dream result. But things just didn't fit perfectly in Q2 and 3. I didn't get the front wheels to work the way they should have. The lap wasn't perfect all the way. And considering the close gaps today that simply meant there was no chance to make it into Q4. That was a bit frustrating.”

Conversely, Nortbert Haug was pleased with qualifying, taking into account the weight disadvantage of the Mercedes cars, “The pole was possible for Paul – he missed the top spot on the grid by 64 thousandths and our weight handicap of 10 kilograms after four wins in seven races converts to two tenths of a second. We have three C-Class cars ahead of the two overall leaders, a good basis to modify the ranking in the championship in our favour tomorrow.”

As long as he gets a good start, a win seems likely for Kristensen, as Di Resta and Co. will be more interested in scoring a good haul of points rather than gunning it for victory.

Qualifying Results

Pos  Driver              Car       Time
 1.  Tom Kristensen      Audi      1m06.825s
 2.  Paul di Resta       Mercedes  1m06.889s
 3.  Martin Tomczyk      Audi      1m07.043s
 4.  Bruno Spengler      Mercedes  1m07.182s
 5.  Gary Paffett        Mercedes  1m06.806s
 6.  Timo Scheider       Audi      1m06.839s
 7.  Mattias Ekstrom     Audi      1m07.015s
 8.  Alexandre Premat    Audi      1m07.143s
 9.  Oliver Jarvis       Audi      1m07.311s
10.  Maro Engel          Mercedes  1m07.325s
11.  Ralf Schumacher     Mercedes  1m07.332s
12.  Markus Winkelhock   Audi      1m07.391s
13.  Mike Rockenfeller   Audi      1m07.471s
14.  Jamie Green         Mercedes  1m07.706s
15.  Mathias Lauda       Mercedes  1m07.915s
16.  Susie Stoddart      Mercedes  1m07.988s
17.  Katherine Legge     Audi      1m08.234s
18.  Johannes Seidlitz   Audi      1m08.806s
19.  Tomas Kostka        Audi      1m08.849s
20.  Christian Bakkerud  Audi      1m09.129s

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