BMW's Marco Wittmann has furthered strengthened his championship credentials by taking his third DTM pole-position of the season at the Nurburgring.

Wittmann, as he has been for most of the year, was in dominant form during the three sessions despite being the heaviest of the front-runners with 20 kilograms of success ballast onboard his RMG M4.

His 1 minute 22.780 second pole-position time was the fastest ever recorded DTM qualifying lap around the Nurburgring circuit.

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Amazingly, however, the championship leader was the only BMW to make it into the top ten as the German led a five-strong Audi freight train behind him.

Abt's Edoardo Mortara shares the front row with the RMG-run M4 while defending champion Mike Rockenfeller was third fastest for home team Phoenix.

Rosberg's Jamie Green was next in the Audi queue after setting the fourth fastest time ahead of Timo Scheider in fifth who made it two Phoenix-run RS5's to qualify in the top five.

Miguel Molina was sixth fastest ahead of the Mercedes trio led by Daniel Juncadella in seventh.

Former F1 star Paul di Resta and Christian Vietoris consolidated a strong showing from Mercedes to line their HWA C-Coupes to the rear of the top ten in eighth and ninth.

DTM rookie Nico Muller was the final man to make the top ten running in tenth.

Not for the first time this season, Wittmann's nearest championship challenger, Mattias Ekstrom, has left himself a lot of work to do come Sunday afternoon after failing to make it out of Q1.

Q1 had started wet but with the track-conditions constantly improving Ekstrom, as did the rest of field, opted for slick rubber, but the Swede failed to optimise the extra grip and trailed 1.5 seconds off the Q2 benchmark in 22nd.