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Scheider leads Audi domination
25 August 2012
Timo Scheider has qualified on pole to lead an Audi renaissance as the four-rings strike back with a vengeance at Zandvoort.
Scheider, who was the last driver to set a lap in the one-lap shootout, took pole position by three tenths of a second, ending nearly a two year DTM pole baron spell stemming back to Hockenheim 2010.
The former double champion led an Audi top-five lockout in front of the Phoenix-run Mike Rockenfeller, who shares the front row with the German.
Filipe Albuquerque and Edoardo Mortara ensured it was an all Team Rosberg second row as the pair qualified third and fourth while Mattias Ekstrom wrapped up an emphatic Audi top five in fifth.
Mercedes and BMW were forced to take a back seat during qualifying as a resurgent Audi ensured only four non-Audi machines start tomorrow's race inside the top ten.
Mercedes' Jamie Green was best of the rest in sixth ahead of Dirk Werner ,who was the highest representing BMW in seventh.
Championship leader Gary Paffett qualified eighth in front of HWA team-mate Christian Vietoris who lines up ninth. Adrien Tambay completed the top ten for Audi.
Martin Tomczyk became the latest high profile Q2 victim as the defending champion narrowly missed out on a spot in Q3 by just half a tenth, ending the session an agonising eleventh. Britain's Andy Priaulx followed suit in 16th position.
Further compounding BMW's woes was the astonishing elimination of three of their drivers in Q1, including Joey Hand, Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus, the trio qualifying 17th, 18th and 20th respectively.
Former F1 star David Coulthard props up the rear of the field in his Mercedes and will start from 22nd and last.
by Simon Evans
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