Audi's Mike Rockenfeller will start the second DTM race at the Moscow Raceway on pole-position after narrowly beating Mattias Ekstrom and Bruno Spengler in qualifying.

The Team Phoenix driver's 1 minute 28.540 second lap around the Russian circuit was good enough to knock the session's long term leader Ekstrom off the top spot within the final minute of the running.

Ekstrom set his best lap early on when the Swede received a helpful slipstream down the back straight from his Audi team mate Antonio Giovinazzi.

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But the former double champion failed to improve on his 1 minute 28.578 second lap and will start the race from fifth as a result of three-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Timo Glock in yesterday's race.

Team MTEK's Spengler was the first to benefit from Ekstrom's grid penalty and joins Rockenfeller on the front row.

As expected, the vast amount of improvements came within the final seconds of the 20 minute session with just 0.146's covering the top-ten.

Last year's Moscow winner Maxime Martin and Audi's Jamie Green also move ahead of Ekstrom as they comprise the second row.

Despite setting an identical lap to his Team Rosberg team mate, Nico Muller missed out on the top-five by virtue of setting his time after Green.

ART Grand Prix's Gary Paffett was the only Mercedes to make the top-ten with yesterday's race one winner and championship leader Pascal Wehrlein missing out by half-a-tenth in eleventh.

Tom Blomqvist, Augusto Farfus and Marco Wittmann followed Paffett in eighth, ninth and tenth.