We still have to figure out how Gary Paffett landed in second with the 10-kilo extra he’s carrying. Timo Scheider needs to finish 6th or higher to win the championship. Sitting in third after qualifying and having one Audi in front and four behind behind in the top 10 makes it look pretty good.
Swede Mattias Ekstrom will be starting from pole position for the tenth and final round of the season. In the fourth qualifying heat, the Audi driver claimed the best possible grid position with a lap time of 1:32.525 minutes. Lining up in second place alongside Ekström on the front row of the grid will be Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz). With his AMG Mercedes C-Class, the Briton was 0.022 seconds faster than Timo Scheider (Audi). The DTM points’ leader is placed in third position behind Paffett. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz) qualified fourth. Behind fifth-placed Tom Kristensen (Audi), who will be contesting his final DTM race on Sunday, Oliver Jarvis (Audi) ended up the best-placed driver with a year-old car in sixth position. Martin Tomczyk (Audi), Maro Engel (Mercedes-Benz), Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) will be starting from seventh to tenth place.