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Oschersleben: Mercedes qualifying report

Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) will start Sunday's eighth round of the 2010 DTM at Oschersleben from pole position. In the single-lap qualifying of the four fastest drivers, he set a time of 1m21.394 and edged out Bruno Spengler...

Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) will start Sunday's eighth round of the 2010 DTM at Oschersleben from pole position. In the single-lap qualifying of the four fastest drivers, he set a time of 1m21.394 and edged out Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) who was second fastest with a 1m21.555. Thus the two championship leaders -- Spengler ahead of Di Resta -- will start side-by-side from the front row.

It is Paul's fifth DTM pole, his third of the season and the second in a row after Brands Hatch two weeks ago, where he also had been first in the race. It is the 103rd Pole for Mercedes-Benz out of 328 DTM races since 1988.

Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class/1m21.664) will start Sunday's race ninth on the grid alongside Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class/1m21.707). Ralf Schumacher (Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class/1m22.674) and David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class/1:22.723) are both on the eighth row of the grid.

Qualifying, part 1: Bruno Spengler was fastest with a 1m21.468. Ralf Schumacher (Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class) ended up 15th with a 1m22.674 ahead of David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class) with a 1m22.723 and CongFu Cheng with a 1m22.791.

Qualifying, part 2: This time, Paul Di Resta set the best time with a 1m20.960. Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) came home ninth with a 1m21.664 and missed Q3 by 15 thousandths of a second. Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) ended up 10th with a 1m21.707 ahead of Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) with a 1m21.713. Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class ) qualified 14th with a 1m21.994.

Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) pole position (1:21.394): "I knew it would be hard to repeat my pole from Brands Hatch. Therefore, I am really happy to be on the top spot again. The track conditions here at Oschersleben are difficult and we modified the car even during qualifying. Thank you to my team; this was a great job. Tomorrow I want victory again; like two weeks ago."

Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) second (1:21.555): "I am happy with my place on the front row. Unfortunately, my lap in the single-lap qualifying was not perfect whilst Paul didn't make any mistake. Congratulations, he deserves pole. Turn one will be crucial tomorrow and my plan is to attack from the start."

Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) ninth (1:21.664): "I am not happy with ninth place. I had hoped for more. Tomorrow I will push throughout and try and make the best out of it."

Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) 10th (1:21.707): "I was not fast enough -- end of story."

Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) 11th (1:21.713): "It was very close and in the end I missed Q3 by less than a tenth. A better position was possible. But I am confident for tomorrow -- points are in reach."

Susie Stoddart (TV-Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) 14th (1:21.994): "My plan was to make it into Q2 and I managed that, so I'm quite satisfied. My team did a great job throughout the weekend and I will do my best for a positive result tomorrow."

Ralf Schumacher (Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class) 15th (1:22.674): "My C-Class ran very well; however, I lacked grip already in this morning's free practice and had the same problem in qualifying. We will now analyse why and certainly find a solution until tomorrow. It will be a long race and I'll give it my all to score points."

David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class) 16th (1:22.723): "I am disappointed. We changed the set-up after Brands Hatch and I didn't feel quite comfortable in the car. However, I like this track here in Oschersleben and I will push tomorrow to move up the field."

CongFu Cheng (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) 17th (1:22.791): "I gave it my all, but that was not enough. I am not happy."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "Despite strong opponents Mercedes took the front row ahead of six Audis -- a somehow crazy grid and an incredible pole lap by Paul Di Resta with used tyres which had been around for four laps already. A great result for the C-Class, Paul and Bruno. Thank you to the HWA team under Gerhard Ungar."

-source: mb

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Series DTM
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , David Coulthard , Norbert Haug , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett , Maro Engel , Jamie Green , Gerhard Ungar