Gary Paffett Heads Mercedes 1-2-3 in Second Qualifying at Brands Hatch

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Gary Paffett: 2018 DTM Series - Brands Hatch
Credit: Craig Robertson

It will be an all British front row for the DTM Series Race 2 at Brands Hatch.

Gary Paffett set the first sub 1:18 lap of the weekend to secure pole position.

Joining him on the front row will be Mercedes team-mate Paul di Resta.

Pascal Wehrlein in third makes it an all Mercedes top three.

The twenty minute session got underway by Jamie Green, with his rivals following him out of the pitlane.

As the first man out, Green put the first time on the board but was immediately beaten by those behind him on track.

BMW‘s Marco Wittmann snatched the fastest time but the Mercedes duo of Edoardo Mortara and Gary Paffett went first and second.

The Mercedes stronghold did not last for long as first the Audis and then the BMWs surged to the front.

Paul di Resta  was next to jump to the front to disrupt the BMW advantage.

Practice pacesetter Loïc Duval was reported to the stewards for blocking.

With less than twelve minutes remaining, the field headed to the pits for tyre and set-up changes.

This allowed Robin Frijns, Duval and Mike Rockenfeller to run on an empty track, with Frijns and Rockenfeller returning to the pits after not being able to make an improvement.

Having been the pacesetter in the Sunday morning practice, Duval found himself at the bottom of the timings but could only move himself into sixteenth.

Duval finally pitted with seven and a half minutes to go in the session.

Frijns got the running going again with just over six minutes to go.

The Dutchman, managed to improve his time to second fastest.

Wittmann, slotted in behind him to go third as Gary Paffett went fastest.

It was made a Mercedes 1-2-3 as di Resta and Pascal Wehrlein went second and third.

Behind the trio, reigning champion René Rast starts fourth with Mercedes’ Lucas Auer rounding off the top five.

Frijns ended up sixth with yesterday’s second placed man, and the lead BMW, Augusto Farfus starts from seventh.

Duval starts from eighth ahead of BMW duo Wittmann and Philipp Eng.

Yesterday’s pole sitter and race winner Dani Juncadella could only qualify in fourteenth place.

Action from the second race of the weekend gets underway at 13.30 local time lasting for 55 minutes plus one lap.

2018 DTM Series Results: Brands Hatch – Qualifying 2

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