Rising Swiss star Marcel Fassler earned his first DTM pole position since round three of the Championship at the Nurburgring, outpacing the opposition in his factory AMG Mercedes in Superpole despite being only seventh fastest in regular qualifying.

Fassler scored pole position number three on the year with a best lap of 1-minute 27.212secs around the scenic, if neutered A1 Ring in Austria.

The 26 year-old held his nerve during single-lap Superpole qualifying to depose teammate and qualifying standard-bearer Jean Alesi on what proved to be a very slick, dusty track surface in the Styrian Mountains.

Fassler, who also won the pole for the second round of the Championship at the Adria International Raceway in Italy, goes into Sunday's eighth round of the title chase just eleven marks behind series leader Bernd Schneider.

Alesi remained in second position on the timesheets with a 1:27.244secs Superpole effort while Christijan Albers completed an all Mercedes top three with a 1:27.412secs lap.

Despite the Mercedes domination, all three competing marques proved to be evenly matched around the 2.684-mile Austrian Grand Prix venue with Audi's Laurent Aiello setting second fastest time in regular qualifying and fourth fastest time in Superpole and Opel's Peter Dumbreck fourth in qualifying before running eighth in Superpole.

Audi's Martin Tomczyk was also looking good before a costly spin at the final turn on his Superpole lap relegated him to tenth while Schneider needed a demon last sector to put his factory Mercedes into fifth position.



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