Jamie Green held off a gaggle of Audis in Saturday's final DTM practice session at Le Mans, as the Ingolstadt marque does its utmost to spoil Mercedes' party in the penultimate round of the season.
With lap times continuing to fall over the course of the weekend, the Brit pipped 2004 champion Mattias Ekström to the top spot by less than a tenth of a second, with Christian Abt, Frank Stippler, Timo Scheider, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Martin Tomczyk all in fairly close attendance behind.
Surprisingly, title contender Tom Kristensen was not among this group, languishing down in ninth position six tenths of a second adrift, but that was still three places and two tenths of a second ahead of championship leader and chief rival Bernd Schneider in his Mercedes.
Canadian Bruno Spengler, the only other man still with a claim to the title, was eighth-quickest.
The performances of Abt, Stippler and Scheider were particularly impressive, all three behind the wheel of year-old machines, while Swedish Touring Car Champion Thed Björk was once more the fastest driver of a 2004-spec car, less than a second off the top spot and continuing to impress on his DTM baptism.