Rene Rast has taken pole position for the final round of the 2020 DTM season at Hockenheim, while title rival Nico Müller will start back in fourth place.
Rast was a class apart from his rivals, taking pole with a 01:28:337. Mike Rockenfeller came closest to equalling the championship leader, but found himself four-tenths short. Jamie Green qualified third, with Müller starting the deciding race of the season from fourth place.
Rast earns three additional points and is now 16 points clear of Müller. A fifth place finish or better will seal a third DTM title for the German.
Jonathan Aberdein took fifth place as the best BMW driver, ahead of Loic Duval and Ferdinand Habsburg.
Habsburg held second place at one point but fell down the order after a spectacular off-track excursion on the main straight, briefly sending his Audi RS5 DTM airborne and smashing through several sponsor boards on the grass.
Robin Frijns was eighth ahead of Timo Glock in ninth, with Fabio Scherer completing the top ten. Philipp Eng took eleventh, ahead of Sheldon van der Linde, Robert Kubica and Lucas Auer. Harrison Newey and Marco Wittmann round out the grid.