Mercedes driver Christian Vietoris will start the first DTM race at the Norising on pole, after being the last man to cross the line on a drying track.
The top slot constantly changed hands during the session as the lap times kept tumbling at the German street circuit, as a damp track dried significantly as the session progressed.
In the end, Vietoris was the last man to cross the line and grabbed pole for the first time this season with a time of 50.640s. Ex-McLaren reserve driver Gary Paffett was second, 0.039 seconds away from Vietoris, and third went to the Audi of championship leader Jamie Green.
Everyone started the session on wet tyres but as the track was drying, the teams opted to switch to slick tyres with nine minutes to go. At the start of the session, the drivers were lapping in the 53-second bracket, but by the end were circulating three seconds a lap faster.
Paul di Resta ended fourth, while Mercedes young driver Pascal Wehrlien, fresh from being on F1 testing duty in Austria, finished fifth, making it four Mercedes cars in the top five.
Augusto Farfus was the leading BMW driver in sixth, with early pacesetter and 2014 Norisring winner Robert Wickens seventh.
The top ten was rounded out by reigning champion Marco Wittmann in eighth, Miguel Molina in ninth and Martin Tomczyk in 10th.
Times to follow