Mike Rockenfeller proved DTM officials are doing a fine job of equalising the weight breaks for older machinery by claiming a surprise second place on the grid at the Oschersleben in a year-old Audi A4.
Also competing in only his second DTM race, Rockenfeller was an unexpected name to feature in the top eight shootout alongside another six other works Mercedes and Audis but did not disgrace himself in the least by storming to second on the grid.
Indeed, it took a mighty effort from Mika Hakkinen to displace the American Le Mans refugee and deny him pole. Nonetheless, Team Rosberg's Rockenfeller was by no means disappointed to have been usurped late on.
“This is what I call fun - fighting at the very front of the field. I really relish this. We knew that we'd have a good chance here, although I'd never have expected to finish among the top two or three. It's a dream that this has worked out.
“A huge thank you from me to my team Rosberg and to Audi. Being this far at the front in my second race is fantastic. My next goal now is to collect points.”