Augusto Farfus clinched his second pole position of the World Touring Car season in an incident-packed qualifying session at Oschersleben on Saturday afternoon
All the major players made it safely into the top 10 shootout, but a heavy grey cloud rolled in over the German circuit for the start.
The nine cars - Tiago Monteiro could not take his place in Q2 after clipping tyres at the chicane during Q1 and breaking his SEAT's right front wheel - all went straight out to set a time before the rain.
The first spots came during those flying laps, on which the BMWs of Farfus and Andy Priaulx were fastest.
Gabriele Tarquini, Rob Huff and Jordi Gene all needed a second lap after setting uncompetitive times on their first attempts. Huff was the only one to make a significant jump up the order, onto the front row.
On his next circuit, with the rain now falling more heavily, he lost control of his Chevrolet Cruze and ran wide into a half-spin. He managed to catch it, but as he got it back onto the track he banged doors with team-mate Alain Menu and both cars spun off.
Simultaneously, Tarquini was caught out by the rain and slid straight on and into the wall, and Norbert Michelisz also had a trip across the grass.
The incidents prompted a red flag with just three minutes left on the clock. It was confirmed that the session would not be restarted just as a heavy downpour erupted.
Priaulx and Menu wound up on the second row, ahead of Michelisz and Tarquini on the third, Tom Coronel and Yvan Muller, and Jordi Gene.
Pos Driver Car Q1 Q2 1. Augusto Farfus BMW 1m36.228s 1m38.070s 2. Rob Huff Chevrolet 1m35.518s 1m38.176s 3. Andy Priaulx BMW 1m36.326s 1m38.186s 4. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1m36.174s 1m38.445s 5. Norbert Michelisz SEAT 1m36.131s 1m38.634s 6. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1m36.027s 1m38.796s 7. Tom Coronel SEAT 1m36.509s 1m38.810s 8. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 1m36.111s 1m38.869s 9. Jordi Gene SEAT 1m36.071s 1m39.994s 10. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1m36.537s no time 11. Michel Nykjaer SEAT 1m36.654s 12. Fredy Barth SEAT 1m36.844s 13. Stefano D'Aste BMW 1m36.881s 14. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1m37.282s 15. Franz Engstler BMW 1m37.309s 16. Darryl O'Young Chevrolet 1m37.532s 17. Kristian Poulsen BMW 1m37.579s 18. Mehdi Bennani BMW 1m38.091s 19. Yukinori Taniguchi Chevrolet 1m38.203s 20. Andrey Romanov BMW 1m39.190s 21. Fabio Fabiani BMW 1m41.877s
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