Having already set the tempo in Friday observe with a time of 1m29.275s, Lawson led nearly all of qualifying to beat the Mercedes of Maximilian Gotz by nearly three tenths of a second.
Because the session bought underway, Mucke Mercedes driver Maximilian Buhk was the primary driver to beat Lawson’s benchmark from Friday, lapping the circuit in 1m29.066s.
Lawson then discovered a bit of time on his first flying lap, shifting to the highest the leaderboard with a 1m29.648s.
Rowe BMW’s Sheldon van der Linde was the subsequent driver to take the highest spot, earlier than house hero Lucas Auer edged him with a time of 1m28.506s within the Winward Mercedes.
Lawson then snatched the highest spot once more with a 1m28.094s earlier than bettering additional to a 1m27.851s, placing himself 0.378s away from his nearest rival as the primary runs got here to an finish.
Whereas a number of drivers had been in a position to enhance within the ultimate a part of qualifying, none of them might come wherever near Lawson’s time within the AF Corse-run Ferrari, the Kiwi securing pole place for the Crimson Bull workforce on its house turf.
Gotz ended up second within the HRT Mercedes after bettering to a 1m28.122s late within the session, whereas GetSpeed Mercedes Arjun Maini jumped to 3rd with a 1m28.240s to safe his best-ever beginning place within the DTM.
Maximilian Götz, Haupt Racing Workforce Mercedes AMG GT3
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Sheldon van der Linde was BMW’s high qualifier in fourth, simply 0.001s behind Maini, whereas Philip Ellis rounded out the highest 5 within the Winward Mercedes.
Nurburgring Race 2 winner Alex Albon couldn’t match the lap of his youthful team-mate Lawson however nonetheless ended up a strong sixth with a time of 1m28.286s, forward of the Walkenhorst BMW of Marco Wittmann.
Championship chief Kelvin van der Linde accomplished qualifying with a single set of tyres and ended up eighth on a monitor he feels doesn’t swimsuit the traits of the Audi R8 LMS.
He was nonetheless the highest qualifier of the Ingolstadt-based marque with Workforce Rosberg’s Nico Muller ending solely 14th quickest and his personal Abt Sportsline team-mates Mike Rockenfeller and Sophia Floersch down in 18th and twentieth respectively.
In the meantime, Vincent Abril certified ninth within the HRT Mercedes forward of the sister AMG GT3s of Buhk, Daniel Juncadella (GruppeM) and Auer.
DTM debutant Maximilian Paul suffered a crash on his ultimate lap in qualifying, ending sixteenth behind his T3 Lamborghini teammate Esteban Muth.
Van der Linde leads the championship on 129 factors heading into the primary race on the Crimson Bull Ring, along with his nearest challenger Gotz 33 factors adrift of him. Lawson is now positioned fourth after bagging three factors in qualifying, forward of his team-mate Albon.