Mercedes Team Mucke's Lucas Auer has once again set the timesheets ablaze in qualifying and this time keeps his pole position for the second Nurburgring DTM race.

The Austrian set driver also set a superb lap in yesterday's session but was forced to start from sixth due to a five-place grid penalty.

Auer had no such trouble today and went even faster to officially secure a third pole position of his DTM career.

It took a while for the session to get into its stride and once it did Auer was a common feature at the top. The Lausitzring winner led the field from the first set of runs and immediately eclipsed his own effort before eventually settling for a 1 minute 22.758 second lap.

Auer's improvement proved crucial as a number of drivers, including championship leader Marco Wittmann, went underneath the Austrian's original effort.

Wittmann came closest to spoiling Auer's party but the BMW driver fell just 0.030s short and settled for his position on the front row of the grid.

Regardless of missing out on pole, the cards seem to be ever stacking in Wittmann's favour as the championship leader has the added luxury of no less than three of his BMW team mates protecting his RMG run M4.

Bruno Spengler, Tom Blomqvist and Augusto Farfus all qualified third, fourth and fifth - creating a useful blockade between the championship leader and Audi's Edoardo Mortara and Jamie Green in sixth and seventh.

Miguel Molina was eighth aboard his Abt run Audi RS 5 while Daniel Juncadella and Mattias Ekstrom completed the top-ten order in ninth and tenth.

It was another disastrous qualifying for Robert Wickens, who will have to charge up from 18th on the grid in order to keep his title hopes alive.