Miguel Molina has denied Mattias Ekstrom pole-position after a grandstand finish to qualifying as Audi monopolise the top slots ahead of tomorrow's DTM Hockenheim finale.

Ekstrom had led most of the way during Q3 after setting a low 1 minute 33.4 second lap around the Hockenheimring during his first run.

Molina however had other plans and bettered the former double-champions existing best by over a tenth with seconds left on the clock.

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The Swede though wasn't finished and amazingly set a purple middle sector after the chequered flag fell. But Ekstrom couldn't carry that rhythm through the final few corners and fell short by just 13 thousandths of a second - giving Molina pole-position.

Team Rosberg's Edoardo Mortara joined Molina and Ekstrom in making it an Audi ha-trick while no less than six RS5 machines made the eight-car Q3 shootout.

A dramatic last gap effort in Q2 ensured Mortara took his place in Q3 after he knocked BMW's Antonio Felix da Costa from the all important eighth place by the heroic margin of 13-thousandths.

Audi now look an increasingly dangerous threat to BMW's manufacturer's crown after only one M4 machine made Q3. BMW lead Audi by 21-points in the standings.

Augusto Farfus was the top BMW in fourth only a tenth off pole-position himself. The Brazilian is joined on the fourth row by Britain's Jamie Green in fifth.

Pascal Wehrlein represented Mercedes as their highest placed C-Coupe runner in sixth position ahead of the Phoenix Audi duo of Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider.

Mercedes had looked set to feature strongly in qualifying when Paul di Resta got off to a good start in Q1. But the C-Coupe machines couldn't match the rest of the field's rate of improvement as the session progressed.

Di Resta did manage a top ten slot however behind Team MTEK's Da Costa in ninth.

The day's big shock though was the absence in pace of BMW's champion Marco Wittmann. Wittmann found himself 15th in the dying seconds of Q2 and while the RMG man looked set to produce a last lap flyer the German could only elevate himself to 13th on the grid.