di Resta out to put pressure on Scheider.

Paul di Resta was disappointed to miss out on pole position for the penultimate round of DTM at Le Mans, but was at least satisfied to be starting ahead of title rival Timo Scheider.

Having set the pace in free practice di Resta was hopeful of a second pole position of the season, but despite his combination of sector times placing him well up there, his best overall lap was only good enough for fourth.

Still, that places him one position ahead of Scheider, who starts off the front two rows for only the second time this season.

“It certainly could have been better as shown by my theoretical best time with all my best sector times; however, fourth place is not too bad,” said di Resta. “If possible, I want a better result tomorrow and keep my title chances alive.”

Much is likely to depend on strategy though and with Audi covering first and third on the grid, the advantage would seemingly be with them. Indeed, Scheider is capable of wrapping up the title this weekend if he out-scores di Resta by at least three points.

"Fifth place on the grid is definitely not perfect, but even in practice things weren't going all that well here. Still, we managed to consistently improve the car, so the gap to the front is smaller than expected.

“With Tom on position one, 'Eki' on three and Paul di Resta directly in front of me, my starting base for the race is not as bad as fifth place might look at first glance."

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Paul di Resta - AMG Mercedes C-Klasse [Pic credit: DTM Media]
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Marco Wittmann (GER), BMW Team RMG, DTM [Credit: DTM]
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DTM - Nurburgring [pic credit DTM Media]
Nico Muller - Rosberg Audi RS 5 DTM [pic credit Audi Media]
Lucas Auer - Mercedes AMG C63 DTM [pic credit Mercedes Media]
Jamie Green - Rosberg Audi [pic credit Audi Media]
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ART Grand Prix, DTM [Credit: Mercedes-Benz DTM]
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Esteban Ocon poses with the Mercedes DTM car at Jerez. Pic credit: Daimler
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AMG Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit DTM Media]

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