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Vietoris claims first ever DTM pole

15 June 2013

Christian Vietoris has clinched his first ever DTM pole-position ahead of Gary Paffett as Mercedes fights back at the Lausitzring while BMW falter for the first time this season.

Vietoris, who was the penultimate man to set a time during the final Q4 shootout, topped the timesheets with a 1 minute 17.715 second lap to give Mercedes their first pole in a so far difficult 2013 campaign.

Paffett had looked set to claim top honours but failed to match his team-mate during sector 1 along with locking his brakes just a couple of turns later.

Jamie Green made the Q4 shootout for the first time as an Audi-driver and will start tomorrow's 52 lap race from third position.

Robert Wickens continues his strong 2013 form and completes the second row of the grid in fourth.

Like Paffett, Wickens had been a strong contender for pole and did set a blistering opening sector but the Canadian endured a lacklustre remainder of the lap only good enough for fourth.

Bruno Spengler was the first of BMW's mere two cars to make it into the top ten in fifth directly ahead of his main title contender Mike Rockenfeller who lines his Phoenix Audi in sixth.

Adrien Tambay delivered a solid Saturday afternoons work and was rewarded with seventh position. The Frenchman shares his fourth row with Audi team-mate Edoardo Mortara.

Roberto Mehri will start tomorrow's race from ninth on the grid alongside his Mercedes team-mate Pascal Wehrlein who was the first beneficiary of Augusto Farfus' penalty which demotes the BMW man to 15th on the grid.

Farfus had qualified tenth but carried a five-place penalty into qualifying after a tyre-irregularity from free-practice.

Further down the field BMW, uncharacteristically, assume the final four positions on the grid as the championship leaders seem to have failed in hitting their car-setup's 'sweet spot.'


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