Gary Paffett has taken first DTM pole position in over three years for Mercedes after producing a lap out of nowhere to deny his fellow compatriot Jamie Green the top spot for race two at the Hockenheimring.

Paffett hasn't won a DTM race for over two years [Lausitzring 2013] but the ART Grand Prix driver has given himself a golden opportunity to rectify that statistic thanks to a last gasp effort at the expense of Audi's Green.

The 2005 champion hadn't really featured for most of the session but as the clock ticked ever closer to zero, Paffett unleashed a 1 minute 32.645 second lap, displacing Green by 0.038's.

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Pole position looked to be heading the way of Audi as Green, Mattias Ekstrom and Miguel Molina led the charge for the RS 5 contingent. Ekstrom threatened Paffett's time after the flag fell but remained in third behind Green and ahead of Molina.

Yesterday's race one pole-sitter Maxime Martin was the top BMW runner in fifth and shares the third row with a resurgent Adrien Tambay in sixth.

Team Rosberg's Nico Muller was another who displayed a vast improvement from yesterday's session to qualify in seventh ahead of race one winner Timo Scheider in eighth. Scheider was the last of six Audi's that engulfed the top-ten order.

HWA's Paul di Resta narrowly missed on the top-ten by just 0.015's in eleventh. Instead Maximillian Gotz and Augusto Farfus enjoyed that honour after setting times good enough for ninth and tenth.

Not only celebrating a maiden title but also his 21st birthday, newly crowned champion Pascal Wehrlein hasn't enjoyed the ideal start to the day in 17th.