Augusto Farfus has qualified his Team RBM M4 on pole position for this evening's first DTM race of the Zandvoort weekend after coming out on top of an almighty four-way BMW scrap for the top spot.

Farfus came under a barrage of friendly fire from Team RMG's Wittmann and Schnitzer's Da Costa within the dying seconds of the 20 minute qualifying shootout having already established himself at top with a 1 minute 31.266 second lap.

The Brazilian driver had sat fourth after the first run of hot laps as ART Grand Prix's Gary Paffett initially set the benchmark early in the session.

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However, the order established from the opening set of laps was almost completely tipped on it's head during a frenetic final few minutes, where the times dramatically tumbled.

Wittmann and Da Costa threw everything at Farfus in pursuit of pole position and, remarkably, both of them set identical times. However, it wasn't enough and Farfus held on by just eight-thousandths.

Wittmann was the first to set a 1 minute 31.274 so the defending champion shares the front with Farfus later this evening.

Team RMG's Maxime Martin capped off a resounding 1-2-3-4 lockout for BMW in fourth position. His best flyer also ended up within the same tenth-of-a-second as Farfus' pole lap.

Despite leading the early charge, Paffett eventually fell to fifth but still ended the running as the top non-BMW machine.

Astonishingly, Audi will have to make do with sixth position as their best starting slot for race. That came courtesy of championship leader Jamie Green making it an all British third row in sixth.

Prior to the weekend, and given their electric start to the campaign, Audi had been tipped as the package to beat around Zandvoort but the RS5 machines now face an uphill battle in maintaining their momentum.

In keeping with the staggeringly proximity of times, sixth-hundredths of a second covered fifth to eleventh.

Team MTEK's Timo Glock was another to enjoy his best qualifying run of the year in seventh ahead of Team RBM's Tom Blomqvist in eighth position.

Schnitzer's Bruno Spengler was unable repeat his Norisring pole position but still remains in contention after setting the ninth quickest time. The 2012 DTM champion shares the fifth row with Audi's Miguel Molina.

Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekstrom notably struggled in 13th and 19th while Paul di Resta languished further after qualifying 20th.