Ralf Schumacher lead the way in a thrilling qualifying session at the Norisring to take his maiden DTM pole position.

Recording a fastest time of 48.721s in the scorching 35 degree heat the German admitted the pole position came a shock even to him. “To be honest, I am surprised myself by what has happened here.” he said.

The 35-year-old went on to explain how the track complements his driving style, “The Norisring suits me. Of course, pole position is great, although I already expected Bruno to beat my time. First of all, I will enjoy the present day now. Of course, victory on Sunday would be the icing on the cake”

Bruno Spengler will start alongside Schumacher after finishing just 0.069s off the pace around the 2.3 kilometre street circuit.

Jamie Green showed what he could do in a two-year-old car as he finished the session in third place, rounding out a 1-2-3 for Mercedes.

Martin Tomczyk would take the honours of lead Audi driver but was left wondering what could of been after clipping the wall on his final qualifying run. “At the Norisring, I am always having trouble, but so far, the entire weekend has been great.” said the German driver.

“Unfortunately, my rear tyres had no grip whatsoever. When I turned into the Schöller-S, the rear of the car slid out. Therefore, I couldn't do any better. But it is as it is”

Fresh from his NASCAR experience Mattias Ekström put his Audi fifth on the grid ahead of British trio Oliver Jarvis, Gary Paffett and Paul Di Resta.

Reigning DTM champion Timo Scheider had a bad day at the office after only managing tenth place. “That was yet another disappointing result today. In spite of the weather, we hadn't chosen a different strategy. Perhaps, that wasn't too good. But after all, we are in Nuremberg here. There are some opportunities for overtaking”.

DTM Rookie David Coulthard would finish the session in thirteenth place.