Bruno Spengler has handed BMW their first DTM pole since 1992 after topping the timesheets at the Lausitzring, while team-mate Augusto Farfus ensured it was an all BMW front row.

Spengler, who clinched his twelfth DTM pole, combined his raw pace with a superb piece of tyre management, enabling the Schnitzer man to optimise his evident speed during the Q4 single lap shootout.

As a result the Canadian clocked a time of a 1 minute 18.777 seconds, just under half a tenth inside of team-mate Farfus and Mercedes' Gary Paffett, who starts tomorrow's race third on the grid.

Mike Rockenfeller represented Audi's best pole position challenge as the sole Audi runner to make it through to Q4. Sadly the German failed to translate his promising Q3 pace into the final segment and posted a time just under 1.5 seconds off the ultimate pace in fourth position.

Edoardo Mortara, who made Q4 in Hockenheim, couldn't repeat the same success and lines up fifth alongside championship frontrunner Jamie Green.

Defending champion Martin Tomczyk enjoyed a solid day's work, which sees his BMW line up eighth ahead of the Audi trio, Mattias Ekstrom, Miguel Molina and rookie Adrien Tambay.

As usual the infamous qualifying format claimed its obligatory casualties, this time former double champion, Timo Scheider was the surprise victim. The German will have it all to do from twelfth position.

Former F1 and Mercedes duo of Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard also became prisoners of the ruthless format of qualifying and the pair languish down in 17th and 20th respectively.

by Simon Evans


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