Audi's Mattias Ekstrom has fired a warning shot at BMW's Marco Wittmann by refusing to give up on chasing the championship leader at the Lausitzring.

The 2004,07 DTM champion trails RMG's Wittmann by 64-points with 75 left on the table with three races to go, meaning if the young German finishes fourth or higher, at the Lausitzring, a maiden title would be his.

Ekstrom, however, is clinging on to any minute hope of claiming his third title this season after qualifying second to keep the pressure on Wittmann, who qualified five-positions lower in seventh.

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Amazingly, this is first front-row qualifying performance all season for Ekstrom while the Swede has only made the top ten on two previous occasions prior to today - Ekstrom has also failed to a win race for almost three-seasons since taking glory at Valencia back in 2011.

"It's always nice to take a spot on the front row," said Ekstrom. "It was an impeccable performance. I drove without making mistakes and am happy.

"I didn't do anything differently with the car and drove the way I always do. We're enjoying this day and are looking forward to the race.

"I will only congratulate Marco when everything is settled. Now, first of all, I am happy with my second place on the grid."