DTM Lausitzring pole-man Pascal Wehrlein says clinching his first ever pole-position has finally vindicated his recent run of form after a so far up and down season for the Mercedes driver.

Wehrlein brilliantly denied Audi's Mattias Ekstrom pole-position after producing a scintillating lap in difficult and greasy conditions around the Lausitzring circuit.

Heavy fog had thrown the Saturday schedule up in the air with practice all but eradicated apart from a 15-minute warm up directly before qualifying got underway.

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The chaos didn't bother Wehrlein however, and the young German, still only in his second DTM season with Mercedes, said the conditions played to his C-Coupes advantage.

Mercedes' C-Coupe machine, still down on overall performance compared to Audi and BMW, has generally gone well in wet-dry conditions so far this season.

"My first pole position in the DTM, and in such difficult conditions here at the Lausitzring too. I'm absolutely delighted," Wehrlein enthused. I've been putting in some solid performances recently but I haven't been reaping the rewards. Today, everything fell into place.

"I set my lap time in Q3 relatively early, because I felt sure that the tyres would be at their best on the first lap. The track and general conditions today helped us a lot.

"We saw that already during the test sessions here. Now we need to wait and see how everything pans out tomorrow in the race itself."