Audi's two title contenders Mattias Ekstrom and Martin Tomczyk were feeling positive ahead of D-Day at the Hockenheim grand finale for the 2007 DTM, although it is the former that goes into the race as the favourite.
Both drivers are in with a chance of the title heading into the last of the ten rounds, with the two going up against Mercedes' sole contender Bruno Spengler.
Ekstrom, who leads the championship by two points from Spengler with Tomczyk another two further back, was the best of the trio in third, the Swede delighted with his effort, not least because it is his team-mates Tom Kristensen and Timo Scheider ahead.
“After my first lap in qualifying, I didn't believe that we would be able to be that far up front. Then we changed something on the car, and after that, my car was like a dream. I was fighting like a lion. A great performance of the entire team, we have got ourselves into a very good position with three cars in front.”
Tomczyk meanwhile will start fifth, a spot in front of Spengler, but slightly frustrated to not be at the sharpest end of the grid as he has been in the last two rounds.
"So far so good. The overall situation isn't bad. Personally, I'd been expecting a bit more, but I wasn't able to achieve any more grip on those tyres. I won't deny the fact that I'd have liked being in front of Mattias and Bruno. At least I'm in front of Bruno, though. If nothing else, there are many Audi cars in front, and that's the right starting base."