Paffett on Pole for DTM Race 2 at the Red Bull Ring

Gary Paffett: 2018 DTM Series - Red Bull Ring
Credit: DTM Media

Gary Paffett ended qualifying for Sunday’s DTM Series race at the Red Bull Ring on top.

Joining Paffett on the front row on the grid will be Nico Müller, with championship leader Paul di Resta in third.

Augusto Farfus led the drivers out onto the track to get the twenty minute session underway.

After a few laps to get the tyres to temperature, the drivers started putting in their competitive laps.

Di Resta was quickest but was beaten by Mortara, with the top spot rapidly changing hands with it ultimately ending on Robin Frijns.

With some part of the track still damp, the drivers had to be careful not to run wide and lose any time.

Bruno Spengler found the pace to go quickest, with Joel Eriksson and Marco Wittmann making it a BMW 1-2-3 until the Audi of Nico Müller took over the top spot.

With conditions improving, the times were ramping up with René Rast going quickest.

The drivers headed to the pits with nine minutes remaining in the session, for the usual lull in the running.

Six minutes to go, they had all returned to the track to get the action back underway.

With a minute on the clock Pascal Wehrlein went quickest but was immediately beaten by Müller.

Paffett, needing to regain the ground he lost on di Resta yesterday put himself on provisional pole.

Elsewhere there was no significant improvements.

Therefore, Paffett starts on pole with Müller alongside.

Di Resta will start from third, leading a Mercedes trio with Mortara and Wehrlein behind.

Eriksson is the lead BMW in sixth with team-mate Timo Glock behind.

Yesterday’s race victor Rast is eighth with yesterday’s pole sitter Dani Juncadella in ninth.

The top ten is completed by Philipp Eng.

2018 DTM Series Results: Red Bull Ring – Qualifying Two

12Gary PaffettGBRMercedes1m23.404
251Nico MüllerSUIAudi+0.028
33Paul di RestaGBRMercedes+0.228
448Edoardo MortaraITAMercedes+0.308
594Pascal WehrleinDEUMercedes+0.344
647Joel ErikssonSWEBMW+0.369
716Timo GlockDEUBMW+0.449
833René RastDEUAudi+0.462
923Dani JuncadellaESPMercedes+0.481
1025Philipp EngAUTBMW+0.565
114Robin FrijnsNEDAudi+0.610
1253Jamie GreenGBRAudi+0.636
1399Mike RockenfellerDEUAudi+0.666
1422Lucas AuerAUTMercedes+0.729
157Bruno SpenglerCANBMW+0.781
1615Augusto FarfusBRABMW+0.846
1711Marco WittmanDEUBMW+1.018
1828Loïc DuvalFRAAudi+1.048
1917Sebastién OgierFRAMercedes+1.296