Paffett And Green Claim Norisring Front Row For Mercedes

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Gary Paffett and Jamie Green - Photo Credit: DTM Media

British DTM aces Gary Paffett and Jamie Green have locked out the front row for Mercedes in qualifying at the Norisring.

Championship leader Paffett was the last of the drivers who went through to the final Q4 shootout in fourth place, and therefore was the first man to run for pole, in a session held in 35 degree heat.

He posted a time of 49.139 seconds which would go unbeaten. Green fell 0.032s shy and had to settle for the front row.

Augusto Farfus was BMW's sole representative in the final segment and claimed third on the grid, and while Mattias Ekstrom ended Q3 on top he was the slowest of the runners in Q4.

Ralf Schumacher narrowly missed out on a place in Q4 to Paffett and will line up fifth ahead of the BMW pairing of Martin Tomczyk and three-time Norisring winner Bruno Spengler.

Christian Vietoris took eighth in his Mercedes, ahead of Andy Priaulx. Four Audis will line up next on the grid, with Spielberg winner Edoardo Mortara in tenth ahead of Mike Rockenfeller, Adrien Tambay and Filipe Albuquerque.

David Coulthard was a decent 14th, in front of the final two BMWs of Joey Hand and Dirk Werner.

Early casualties at the end of Q1 were Mercedes' Robert Wickens, Roberto Merhi and Susie Wolff as well as Audi's Miguel Molina, double champion Timo Scheider and Rahel Frey.

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