Mercedes have hit back with a vengeance as Robert Wickens qualifies his C-Coupe machine on pole position for tomorrow's Norisring DTM race.

Not only did Mercedes occupy the highly desirable pole spot around the Nurnberg street circuit but no less than five of the 'three-pointed star' cars made the top eight qualifying shootout.

Mercedes had already cited this unique Norisring layout as one their best chances to close the gap on Audi and BMW prior to the event.

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Wickens, after setting the pace in the earlier practice sessions, translated his promising pace into a 47.883 second lap as the Canadian came out on top of a multi-Mercedes battle for the top spot.

He was the first man to break under the 48-second barrier but DTM Paul di Resta returnee bettered his initial effort by a slither midway through Q3.

The Canadian however wasn't to be beaten as he edged his HWA-run C-Coupe back ahead of the former F1-ace in the dying minutes.

Audi's 'Mr Norisring' Jamie Green did threaten to spoil the Mercedes party after the Brit caused excitement by setting the quickest middle-sector of the 2.3 kilometre circuit, but the four-time winner of the event fell short in the final-sector but still qualified third.

Pascal Wehrlein was the next Mercedes in fourth. He, Gary Paffett and Christian Vietoris were separated by a cigarette paper's width of just three-hundredths of a second as Paffett and Vietoris both posted exactly the same time.

Mattias Ekstrom and Marco Wittmann were the final runners to comprise the Q3 line up in seventh and eighth. Wittmann elected to end the session early as the championship leader seen no opening to further improve on his 48.210-second lap.

Both of the Phoenix-run Audi's of defending champion Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider surprisingly didn't make much of an impression on proceedings. Rockenfeller fell victim of a highly competitive Q2 knockout in which the top 18 was covered by a staggeringly minute margin of four-tenths to qualify twelfth while Scheider failed to make it out of even Q1 in 21st.

The BMW's also struggled with their next best runner, in the shape of Maxime Martin, only making it into eleventh.