Augusto Farfus heads an all BMW front-row ahead of DTM rookie Marco Wittmann at the Nurburgring while title contenders Bruno Spengler and Mike Rockenfeller languish in the middle of the pack.
Farfus posted a scintillating 1 minute 23.296-second lap around the legendary German circuit to deny his younger-rookie team-mate Wittmann a maiden pole-position.
The young German lost two-tenths within the opening sector to Fafus, ultimately costing the MTEK-man a famous pole-position.
Miguel Molina displayed an upturn in form to qualify his Audi in a strong third position just ahead of Edoardo Mortara who made it an all Phoenix-Audi second row in fourth.
Gary Paffett heads a four-strong Mercedes train as the highest placed championship contender in fifth. Dani Juncadella shares the third row with his team-elder in sixth.
Robert Wickens and Christian Vietoris lockout the fourth row in seventh and eighth while Mattias Ekstrom lurks just behind in ninth.
BMW's Bruno Spengler missed out on a golden opportunity to put some clear air between himself and championship leader Mike Rockenfeller, who, astonishingly, was knocked out in Q2 – qualifying eleventh as a result.
Spengler, himself, then struggled in Q3 to qualify tenth, handing Rockenfeller a get out of jail free card ahead of tomorrow's race.
Timo Glock starts 13th despite showing promising form during Q1 where the former F1-star had been sixth fastest.