The end result means AF Corse driver Lawson will head to Saturday’s opening race with a 15-point benefit over the Abt Sportsline Audi of van der Linde, albeit with 18kg of ballast on his Ferrari.
The laptimes tumbled quickly across the brief 2.6km circuit in Nuremberg because the session progressed, helped by drivers with the ability to full a number of flying laps on a single set of tyres.
Van der Linde was the primary driver to interrupt the 50s barrier in qualifying with a time of 49.647s, earlier than bettering additional to a 49.255s, setting the quickest lap of the weekend within the course of.
However the South African’s place on the prime of the timesheets proved to be short-lived as Lawson started setting a collection of fast instances, shifting the goalposts with a 48.966s flyer.
The following driver to go on prime was GetSpeed Mercedes’ Arjun Maini, edging out Lawson by simply 0.021s to assert provisional pole after the primary runs.
When the drivers returned on monitor within the closing 5 minutes of the session, Lawson wasted little time to grab the highest spot again from Maini, setting a time of 48.903s on his first flying lap.
The Kiwi then moved himself out of attain of his opponents with a 48.766s, earlier than discovering but extra time on his closing flyer to seal his third pole place.
Lawson’s title rival van der Linde did enhance to second with a last-gasp effort of his personal, however ended a sizeable 0.184s adrift of the Crimson Bull junior’s finest time of 48.720s.
Winward driver Lucas Auer led a practice of Mercedes vehicles in third, an extra 0.027s adrift of a front-row begin, as Maini completed fourth after failing to enhance his earlier benchmark in his closing run.HRT’s Maximilian Gotz, who remains to be in competition for the title, was labeled fifth with a time of 48.960s, beating fellow Mercedes runners Philip Ellis (Winward) and Daniel Juncadella (GruppeM).
Contesting his first DTM race of the season as a substitute for Alex Albon, Tremendous Components and SUPER GT champion Nick Cassidy posted a time of 49.038s to qualify a formidable eighth within the AF Corse Ferrari.
The highest 10 was rounded out by Nico Muller within the Staff Rosberg Audi and T3 Motorsport Lamborghini driver Esteban Muth.
Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann’s woes continued as he certified on the final row of the grid in nineteenth, beating solely the second Staff Rosberg Audi of Dev Gore.