BMW's Maxime Martin utilises a clever piece of strategic acumen to claim his first DTM pole position of 2015 while champion elect Pascal Wehrlein has work to do from 13th at the Hockenheimring.

In keeping with the tight range of times FP2 served up, qualifying was just as competitive with only 0.894's covering the 24-car field.

FP2 pacesetter Paul di Resta initially established the gauntlet to beat after the Mercedes driver translated his practice form into the quickest time of weekend during the early stages of the session.

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Team Abt's Miguel Molina then bettered the former F1 driver's effort at the halfway point of the 20 minute shootout before the field rearmed for one final sequence of hot laps.

However, it was during the traditional lull between the first and second runs where Team RMG's Martin made perfect use of a quiet track and shot to the top of the leaderboard with a 1 minute 32.637 lap, ousting Molina by 0.089's.

The Belgian's time wasn't to be beaten although Audi's Timo Scheider came perilously close to doing so but had to settle for second, just 0.074's back from Martin.

Molina and Di Resta both held onto the second row despite a flurry of improvements threatening their positions late in the game.

Team Rosberg's Jamie Green was fifth ahead of his fellow RS 5 driver Mike Rockenfeller while Team Abt's Mattias Ekstrom was the fastest title contender of the session in seventh.

Despite BMW claiming the spoils of pole position, just two M4's made the top ten. The second of those came in the shape of Team RBM's Tom Blomqvist in eighth.

Team Abt's Edoardo Mortara shares the fifth row of the grid with ART Grand Prix's Lucas Auer in tenth.

Elsewhere, Wehrlein - who could become the DTM's youngest ever champion during race one - saw his final run compromised by a huge cluster of traffic.

The Mercedes F1 reserve driver arrives into the first race with a near 40-point buffer over Mortara and Ekstrom but qualified behind the Audi duo in 13th.