Gary Paffett has won pole position for this weekend's DTM race at Brands Hatch

McLaren reserve driver Gary Paffett has claimed his eighth career DTM pole position by posting the fastest overall time in qualifying for this weekend’s championship round at Brands Hatch. The result gives Mercedes its first pole position of the 2012 season.

Having made it into the four-man shootout for pole position, the Englishman claimed provisional pole position with his single-lap effort of 41.266 seconds, which was unable to be bettered by Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller – the only driver to have made Q4 in each qualifying session this season.

Paffett’s HWA Mercedes team-mate Christian Vietoris finished a career-best second-fastest, but the German will start from fourth. courtesy of the two-place grid penalty he earned at the previous round at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz for blocking.

Bruno Spengler, winner of the previous round at the speedway, will start from this place in his Schnitzer BMW.

Defending series champion Martin Tomczyk came agonisingly close to making it into the final qualifying phase when he posted an identical lap-time – to the thousandth of a second – as Vietoris in Q3, but because he’d posted his time after the Vietoris, that consigned Tomczyk to fifth on the grid for Sunday’s race.

Tomczyk shares the third row of the grid with Portuguese racer Filipe Albuquerque, who earned his best qualifying result of the season in his Rosberg Audi.

DTM rookie Adrien Tambay drove impressively to earn seventh on the grid, while Mattias Ekström, Augusto Farfus and Jamie Green completed the top ten on the grid.

With the opening qualifying sessions proving to be closely-fought affairs where a few thousandths of a second could mean the difference between making the next round or not, it was little surprise to see that some of the bigger names will be starting further down the order.

Those who could count themselves a little unlucky would include Andy Priaulx and Timo Scheider, with Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard also starting well down the order in the Mercedes’.

2012 DTM Race of Brands Hatch – Qualifying Results:

1. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 41.266 Q4
2. Christian Vietoris* DEU HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 41.410 Q2
3. Bruno Spengler CAN Team Schnitzer BMW BMW 41.462 Q4
4. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Phoenix Racing Audi Audi 41.484 Q4
  Q4 CUT-OFF   41.101  
5. Martin Tomczyk DEU Team RMG BMW BMW 41.101 Q3
6. Filipe Albuquerque POR Team Rosberg Audi Audi 41.142 Q3
7. Adrien Tambay FRA Audi Sport Team Abt Audi 41.156 Q3
8. Mattias Ekström SWE Abt Sportsline Audi Audi 41.163 Q3
9. Augusto Farfus Jr BRA Team RBM BMW BMW 41.172 Q3
10. Jamie Green GBR HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 41.284 Q3
  Q3 CUT-OFF   41.330  
11. Edoardo Mortara ITA Team Rosberg Audi Audi 41.381 Q2
12. Miguel Molina ESP Phoenix Racing Audi Audi 41.392 Q2
13. Joey Hand USA Team RMG BMW BMW 41.399 Q2
14. Andy Priaulx GBR Team RBM BMW BMW 41.403 Q2
15. Timo Scheider DEU Abt Sportsline Audi Audi 41.479 Q2
16. Robert Merhi ESP Persson Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 41.524 Q2
  Q2 CUT-OFF   41.582  
17. Robert Wickens CAN Mücke Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 41.584 Q1
18. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 41.587 Q1
19. Dirk Werner DEU Team Schnitzer BMW BMW 41.655 Q1
20. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 41.657 Q1
21. Susie Wolff GBR Persson Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 41.677 Q1
22. Rahel Frey SUI Audi Sport Team Abt Audi 41.956 Q1

* Denotes two-place grid penalty imposed.

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