Mercedes driver and DTM rookie Lucas Auer claimed his maiden series pole position for Saturday's first race at the Nurburgring.
The Austrian was one of the few drivers who improved their efforts in the dying moments of the 20-minute session, and with a laptime of 1m21.915s he beat BMW’s Maxime Martin at the finish line by only 0.084 seconds.
DTM championship leader Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes) qualified third in front of Bruno Spengler (BMW) and Edoardo Mortara, the best-placed Audi driver in fifth.
Championship contender Mattias Ekstrom (Audi), however, will start only in 17th position.
Red flag after two crashes
A few minutes into the session, Mercedes driver Paul di Resta had lost control of his car and smashed into the barriers without having posted a laptime.
He managed to bring his car back to the pits with heavy damage at the left-rear, but did not go out again.
Soon after that, Adrien Tambay went head-first into the tyre barriers and had to retire from the qualifying session immediately with heavy damage, too.
The session was red-flagged with 12 minutes to go and restarted after a 10 minute break.
|20||Antonio Felix da Costa||BMW||1'22.574||0.659|
|-||Paul Di Resta||Mercedes||-|