Paffett shines as Scheider gets stuck in heat two

2010 DTM Round 1 Hockenheim – Qualifying

Gary Paffett landed his seventh career pole position in the DTM, as the Mercedes driver eclipsed Audi's Martin Tomczyk in the one lap, top four shootout. The McLaren test drivers time of 1.33:214 was enough to clinch P1 for tomorrow's 39 lap race. The 2005 champion led home Tomczyk by 0.076 seconds, whilst the second row was locked out by another two Mercedes C-Klasses, in the hands of Canadian Bruno Spengler and Briton Jamie Green, who was the highest qualifier of a 2008-spec machine.

Fifth place was taken by Swede Matthias Ekstrom, while two Britons, Paul di Resta, and Oliver Jarvis took 6th and 7th, with Mike Rockenfeller 8th.
Record chasing Timo Scheider, looking for his third consecutive DTM title succumbed to a technical issue in the second heat of qualifying and could only manage to take 9th position in his Audi.

David Coulthard ended his first competitive involvement in motorsport in 18 months by putting his 08 Mercedes 17th on the grid, just one place behind Ralf Schumacher, who is vastly more experienced at this level.