di Resta: To qualify third on debut is a dream.

Rookie Paul di Resta has said that it is a 'dream' result for him, after he put is two-year-old Mercedes C-Class third on the grid for this weekend's opening round in the 2007 DTM.

Speaking after the session, the 2006 Euro Series champion added that he now wants to try and get as many points as he can on Sunday, when the first round of the championship gets underway at Hockenheim.

“A DTM debut like in a dream,” he noted. “I had never expected to start my first DTM race from the second row on the grid. We have worked extremely hard all winter and this paid off today.

“I am very happy and thank everybody in my team; they made my two-year-old used car really competitive. Tomorrow I want to score as many points as possible.“

Mercedes boss, Norbert Haug meanwhile said that he was 'impressed' with the performance, especially as he was only three thousandths of a second off the front row.

While di Resta shined though, not all the Mercedes runners were going so well and both Mika Hakkinen and Bernd Schneider had to settle for places at the bottom of the top ten.

“When I was out with my first set of tyres, the track was dirty at the last sector. With my second set, I made a mistake under braking, and that was it with my qualifying,” said Schneider. “However, ninth on the grid is not too bad and with his pole position Bruno [Spengler] has demonstrated the potential of the new C-Class.“

“We tried different options; however, we did not manage to find the optimum balance,” added Hakkinen. “The result is seventh place on the grid and this is not what would have been possible. We will now focus on the race and will offer the fans a great show. Let's wait for tomorrow and C for yourself…“

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