Team MTEK's Bruno Spengler has finally broken Mercedes' resistance around the street's of Nuremberg after dramatically snatching pole position away from Christian Vietoris.

Spengler had trailed Vietoris and Robert Wickens as the session entered the business end of proceedings but a 48.280 second lap around the famous German street circuit gave the Canadian and BMW their first pole of 2015.

Vietoris and Wickens did threaten to strike back during their final runs but the 2012 DTM champion held on by the slenderest of margins.

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While the front three could only be separated by 0.013's, Audi's Mattias Ekstrom in fourth was only a tenth further back to seal his place onto the second row on the grid.

Despite Mercedes losing their envious pole-position record, six of the 'three pointed star' C63's still engulfed the top ten. DTM newcomer Lucas Auer was best of the rest in fifth position after putting in a solid brace of quick laps midway through the session.

The ART Grand Prix driver narrowly pipped Mercedes F1 reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein by three-thousandths while Norisring specialist and championship leader Jamie Green starts seventh for the second race.

Team RMG's Maxime Martin was ninth in between the HWA and Mucke Mercedes C63's of Paul di Resta and Dani Juncadella in eighth and tenth.