Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) will start tomorrow’s eighth round of the 2009 DTM at Barcelona from the first row. Two weeks after the top grid position, his personal „Paul position“ and win afterwards at Brands Hatch, he will start second on the grid this time; his qualifying time of 1m06.889 was only 64 thousandths behind the time of pole sitter Tom Kristensen (Audi) – this converts 2.85 metres out of 2.977 kms, about a little more than half a car length.
Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) finished the single-lap qualifying in fourth place with a time of 1m07.182 and will start from row two. Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class), winner of two races this year and best C-Class driver in third place of the overall ranking, qualified fifth with a time of 1m06.806, ahead of the overall leaders Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekström.
Qualifying, part 1: Gary Paffett was the fastest C-Class driver and ended up second with a 1m07.227 Min. Mathias Lauda (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) qualified 15th with a 1m07.915; he missed Q2 by 12 thousandths of a second. Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) will start the race 16th on the grid with a time of 1m07.988.
Qualifying, part 2: Paffett improved by about three tenths (1m06.930) and was again second fastest, eight hundredths behind the fastest, Martin Tomczyk (Audi). Maro Engel (GQ Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class/1m07.325) finished in 10th place, seven thousandths ahead of Ralf Schumacher (Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class) in 11th position (1m07.332). Schumacher was about two and half tenths faster than in free practice which he had ended in fifth place. Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) qualified 14th with a time of 1m07.706.
Paul Di Resta (2009 AMG Mercedes C-Class) second (1:06.889): “That was close. I made a small mistake on the first sector of my final lap; otherwise pole would have been possible. However, despite our weight handicap of 10 kilograms we showed a good performance – thank you to everybody in our team.”
Bruno Spengler (2009 Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) fourth (1:07.182): “I had quite a good qualifying, although I made two mistakes on my first lap in Q3. In the single-lap qualifying; I suffered from a misfire at the final corner and thus missed a better time.”
Gary Paffett (2009 Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) fifth (1:06.806): “I have one of the fastest cars in the field and the performance of my C-Class is really great. Therefore, fifth on the gird is a good basis for the race. However, the first row was possible, but we decided to conserve one set of tyres for the race.”
Maro Engel (2008 GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class), 10th (1:07.325): “I thank my team for an uneventful practice. 10th on the grid is not a bad basis for tomorrow’s race and my target is a points finish.”
Ralf Schumacher (2009 Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class) 11th (1:07.332): “This morning, everything worked out fine and I was fifth; however, my qualifying was not 100 percent; I was faster, but ended up only 11th and I missed the top eight by almost one tenth. It is a long race and many things can happen.”
Jamie Green (2008 Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) 14th (1:07.706): “I am disappointed. In the first part of qualifying, everything went well, but in Q2 I wasn’t able to get maximum grip out of the new tyres and therefore wasn’t able to drive faster.”
Mathias Lauda (2008 stern AMG Mercedes C-Class), 15th (1:07.915): “It is quite annoying to miss Q2 by only 12 thousandths, particularly in my home race here. It’s a shame – I wasn’t able to improve with my second set of tyres. Anyway, I will fight tomorrow to end up in the points positions.”
Susie Stoddart (2008 TV-Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) 16. (1:07.988): “Compared to this morning’s free practice I improved by about two tenths of a second. It was very close to making Q2, under one tenth away. If we make another step forward until tomorrow, a top ten result should be possible.”
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “The pole was possible for Paul – he missed the top spot on the grid by 64 thousandths and our weight handicap of 10 kilograms after four wins in seven races converts to two tenths of a second. We have three C-Class cars ahead of the two overall leaders, a good basis to modify the ranking in the championship in our favour tomorrow.”
Source: Daimler AG