BMW's Antonio Felix da Costa will bid his final goodbye to the DTM by starting his last race from the front after claiming his second pole of the weekend at the Hockenheimring.

The Team Schnitzer driver replicated his pole position for yesterday's sprint by producing another blistering lap to move him clear of Mercedes' Gary Paffett in second.

In a rejuvenated effort from Mercedes, ART Grand Prix's Paffett actually led the times following the first set of runs.

But the high 1 minute 32 second lap set by the Brit always looked vulnerable and times inevitably tumbled.

Not even a 0.1s could cover the top-five cars but Da Costa held on by 0.014s over Paffett while BMW completed the remainder of the top-five with Tom Blomqvist and Maxime Martin qualifying ahead of Marco Wittmann in fifth.

The battle for the third row on the proved a dramatic affair, which has ultimately placed both title contenders Wittmann and Edoardo Mortara alongside each other in fifth and sixth.

Mortara had to recover from missing the first sequence of runs after technical gremlins once again left him compromised.

Despite his apparent agitation the Audi driver almost out-qualified Wittmann but the championship leader ousted Mortara by 0.028s at the last possible moment.

In a role reversal of yesterday Audi find themselves on the back with only two RS 5s making the top-ten in qualifying.

Behind the title fight, Robert Wickens was seventh for Mercedes while Timo Glock, Christian Vietoris and Jamie Green completed the top-ten.

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