BMW's Timo Glock will start the second race of the 2018 DTM season from pole position after beating reigning champion Rene Rast right at the death at Hockenheim.

The BMW Team RMR driver clocked a 1 minute 32.379s around the Hockenheimring to knock the session's long-term pacesetter Rast off the top-spot after the chequered flag fell.

Audi's Rast comfortably led the timesheets following the first set of runs but eventually had to settle for second, 0.208s slower than the ex-F1 star.

Behind the top two, BMW's rookie driver Joel Eriksson very nearly made a grand entrance to his DTM career after the setting the third quickest time, just 0.026s behind Rast in second.

Leading a four-car Mercedes freight train, Edoardo Mortara joins the series newcomer on the second row in fourth ahead of Lucas Auer, Paul di Resta and Daniel Juncadella. Only 0.094s could seperate the fourth Mercedes runners positioned from fourth to seventh.

Despite having featured in the top-three during the first set of flying laps, BMW's Marco Wittmann will start race two from eighth, while Audi's Mike Rockenfeller and race one winner Gary Paffett complete the top-ten grid order in ninth and tenth.

Audi's Mattias Ekstrom will line up 19th for his final DTM race following an exceptional 17-year career in the series.