2008 DTM Runner-up Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) will start Sunday’s 2009 DTM season opener in Hockenheim from sixth place on the grid. In the third part of the new qualifying format, he posted a time of 1m32.456 and missed the premiere of the shoot-out for pole position, a single-lap qualifying of the four fastest drivers, by 69 thousandths of a second. Mattias Ekström took pole position with a 1m32.535.
Maro Engel with his 2008 GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class qualified seventh with a 1m32.714. Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class), 2005 DTM Champion, ended up 11th with a 1m33.072 ahead of Ralf Schumacher (Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class) with a time of 1m33.226.
Qualifying, part 1: Di Resta was the fastest Mercedes-Benz driver in third place (1m33.103) whilst Mathias Lauda (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) in 15th place with a 1m34.360 did not make it to the next round. Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) was fastest at this moment but lost this time because he had crossed the red field outside the first corner during this lap. On his final lap he retired without fuel and ended up 19th.
Jamie Green (JungeSterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) was not able to start the qualifying, after an accident in the morning’s free practice had damaged his car. Jamie ran wide at the fast first corner after the start (Nordkurve) so that his car lifted off over the new kerbs. The impact when it landed was so hard that even the engine was damaged and could not be repaired in time for qualifying. Afterwards, track officials decided to modify the kerbs to avoid similar accidents.
Qualifying, part 2: Again, Di Resta was the best C-Class driver and ended up sixth with a 1m32.505. Paffett came home 11th with a 1m33.072 ahead of Schumacher with a 1m33.226; Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished 14th, 1m33.339 – all three did not reach the third part of qualifying.
Source: Daimler AG