Jamie Green was more than happy to have the chance to be out of the firing line down to the first corner hairpin at the Norisring, the Brit claiming his third pole position of the year in the fifth round of the DTM championship.
Having not qualified outside the top two all year, Green will be desperate to claim what would be his maiden DTM win, particularly as he saw his chance of victory on home soil last time out at Brands Hatch disappear when he went off track late on.
Indeed, with four other Mercedes' on his tail into the first corner, Green stands a good chance of surviving the traditionally chaotic first bend. However, he was remaining cautious about his chances, particularly after his Brands Hatch escapade.
“I'm really happy about my pole position. The team gave me a perfect car and I was able to push throughout. I now look forward to tomorrow's race. With the track and the weather, the conditions here are similar to those at Brands Hatch. The pole position is a good basis and the win is possible.”
Championship leader Bernd Schneider also made the most of Mercedes' advantage over Audi by claiming second spot on the grid, five places ahead of his arch-rival Tom Kristensen.
“That was close. I gave it my all, but I made a small mistake on my final lap. The Dutzendteich hairpin is just not my corner. Anyway we have a good basis for tomorrow. It will be crucial to make a good start and to avoid any of the first corner mayhem.”