Robert Wickens has claimed his first ever DTM pole position for Mercedes at the Norisring, narrowly edging out defending champion Bruno Spengler in an ultra-close qualifying session.
Wickens set a 48.384-second lap time around the ever popular Nuremberg street circuit to give Mercedes its second pole position in succession.
Bruno Spengler and Gary Paffett both only narrowly missed out on the top slot, with the pair less than a tenth behind in second and third.
Top Audi was Edoardo Mortara in fourth, he Italian ahead of Pascal Wehrlein, who posted his best qualifying to date in fifth position.
Andy Priaulx enjoyed a much better time of it in comparison to his previous four races this season to qualify his RMG-BMW sixth, equalling his highest ever grid slot.
Dani Juncadella was also another driver posting a career best performance as the rookie put his Mercedes in fine for seventh for tomorrow's race.
Filipe Albuquerque finished the session in eighth with his Audi team-mate Mattias Ekstrom just behind in ninth.
Christian Vietoris completes the top ten in tenth.
Jamie Green, vying for his fifth Norisring triumph, endured a disappointing session by his standards and will start the race from 14th as a result.
Championship leader Mike Rockenfeller has even more to do work after putting his Phoenix-run Audi in a lowly 19th position on the grid.