With the final session proving to be a Mercedes vs Premat battle, the Frenchman managing a Herculean effort to merely qualify for the final stage in his first race back since his horror smash at Hockenheim, it was always likely to be an in-house battle for pole position between those driving C-Class saloons.
Having seen Bernd Schneider and Paul di Resta set the pace in the first two sessions, it was the turn of Spengler to surge to the top when it mattered, the Canadian immediately lowering the benchmark to 1min 18.408secs on his first lap, a marker that would never be bettered.
As such, Spengler will start at the front in his DaimlerChrysler Bank Mercedes with Mika Hakkinen starting alongside him after managing a time just over a tenth slower than his team-mate.
di Resta continued to stun onlookers with third position on the grid, the Scot not letting the mere fact he is driving a two-year old Mercedes prevent him from mixing it with newer machinery. Indeed, he will be in the midst of the Mercedes battle too having slotted in ahead of Bernd Schneider and Jamie Green.
Premat at least managed to keep two Mercedes behind him in sixth on a day when Audi will hope their qualifying performance will not transfer to the race, while Margaritis and Daniel La Rosa rounded out the top eight in their year-old machinery.