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DTM Norisring Qualifying 2013: Wickens takes first pole position of his career

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DTM Norisring Qualifying 2013
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W Less surprising is the renewed dominance of Mercedes in the qualifying at the spectacular Norisring. For 10 years now, the Stuttgart manufacturer has been unbeaten in DTM races on the demanding street circuit in Nuremberg. The chances of the eleventh win in a row are now good. Because the 24-year-old Canadian Robert Wickens from the STIHL Mercedes AMG team surprisingly secured pole position in the individual time trial. Starting third in the final qualifying lap, Wickens overtook Mercedes driver Gary Paffett with a time of 48.384 seconds, who lapped the 2.3-kilometer city circuit in 48.460 seconds. Then the Canadian had to hold his breath again, because Bruno Spengler - 2012 DTM winner and second in the current overall standings - still had his individual time trial ahead of him. With a lap time of 48.443 seconds, the BMW driver and compatriot von Wickens finally landed in second place.

Mike Rockenfeller retired on the first lap
He was frustrated on the other hand Mike Rockenfeller from Audi Sport Team Phoenix. The leader of the overall standings was eliminated in the first qualifying lap and admitted: 'We grew together and didn't find the good setup that we otherwise had'. Despite the extremely poor conditions from 19th position on the grid, the German Audi driver is optimistic. After all, he started from far behind last year and was still able to take sixth place in the race.

Favorite Jamie Green only finishes 14th
Qualifying at the Norisring was also disappointing for Audi driver Jamie Green. The current tenth in the DTM overall standings had to struggle with teething problems this season, but was one of the favorites on the Nuremberg street circuit. The Briton has already won the demanding race four times, most recently in 2012 - but so far always in a Mercedes. In his Audi RS 5 DTM, the 'King of the Norisring' only finished 14th on the grid this year.

So it looks as if the 2013 Norisring could be dominated by Mercedes again. With Robert Wickens on pole position and Gary Paffett, the winner of the last race at the Lausitzring, in third place on the grid, the chances are good. However, BMW driver Bruno Spengler could thwart the bill. The runner-up in qualifying is optimistic about thatTomorrow's races: 'The Norisring is my favorite track and I start inside'.

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