Thed Bjork edged team-mate Yvan Muller to score pole position for Thursday's opening World Touring Car Cup race at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, leading a Hyundai top-three sweep in qualifying.
Bjork, the 2017 World Touring Car champion, set a fastest time of 8m58.700s in his YMR Hyundai i30 N to secure top spot by 0.079 seconds from Muller, handing the Swede his second pole of the season.
That time compares to the fastest qualifying lap of 8m35.541s recorded during the WTCC's TC1 era by Citroen driver Jose Maria Lopez in 2016, although Bjork's effort was comfortably the fastest qualifying time set by a TCR car on the 15.77-mile circuit that incorporates the grand prix loop.
Norbert Michelisz completed the top three in his BRC Racing i30 N at the end of the session - although the Hungarian had set the session's fastest first sector on his second flying lap, only to abandon that run after going off in the second sector.
Esteban Guerrieri was the only other driver to get within a second of Bjork's time, hauling his Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic up to fourth after the chequered flag had been shown.
Rob Huff secured fifth in his Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi, setting the fastest fourth sector of all, while wildcard entrant Rene Rast was the leading Audi representative in sixth in his WRT-run RS3 LMS.
Gabriele Tarquini salvaged seventh in the fourth i30 N - qualifying two seconds away from Bjork's time - just ahead of WRT regular Gordon Shedden and the two Boutsen Ginion Civic drivers Tom Coronel and Benjamin Lessennes.
James Thompson was 26th in his Munnich Motorsport Civic, and slowest of all in his first qualifying session on the Nordschleife.
But the Briton will start Thursday's opening race ahead of Zengo Motorsport's David Szabo, who did not take part in qualifying after crashing in the wet in first practice.
|3||Norbert Michelisz||BRC Racing Team||Hyundai||0.365s|
|4||Esteban Guerrieri||Munnich Motorsport||Honda||0.954s|
|5||Rob Huff||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Volkswagen||1.209s|
|7||Gabriele Tarquini||BRC Racing Team||Hyundai||2.028s|
|9||Tom Coronel||Boutsen Ginion Racing||Honda||3.453s|
|10||Benjamin Lessennes||Boutsen Ginion Racing||Honda||3.528s|
|11||Yann Ehrlacher||Munnich Motorsport||Honda||3.989s|
|13||Pepe Oriola||Campos Racing||Cupra||5.403s|
|14||Mat'o Homola||DG Sport Competition||Peugeot||5.757s|
|15||Frederic Vervisch||Comtoyou Racing||Audi||6.209s|
|16||Denis Dupont||Comtoyou Racing||Audi||6.521s|
|17||Aurelien Panis||Comtoyou Racing||Audi||7.032s|
|18||Aurelien Comte||DG Sport Competition||Peugeot||7.286s|
|19||Mehdi Bennani||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Volkswagen||7.492s|
|20||Nathanael Berthon||Comtoyou Racing||Audi||7.619s|
|22||Fabrizio Giovanardi||Team Mulsanne||Alfa Romeo||9.939s|
|23||Gianni Morbidelli||Team Mulsanne||Alfa Romeo||11.233s|
|24||John Filippi||Campos Racing||Cupra||12.026s|
|25||Norbert Nagy||Zengo Motorsport||Cupra||12.121s|
|26||James Thompson||Munnich Motorsport||Honda||14.728s|