The 2015 ADAC GT Masters champion and son of three-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner Klaus, set an unbeatable time of 8m09.469s with the one sub 8m10s lap of the decisive session.
Ludwig additionally posted an 8m10.406s effort that may have been adequate for pole within the automotive he shares with Bjorn Grossmann, Simon Trummer and Jonathan Hirschi.
BMW was extensively anticipated to annex the struggle for pole after the in-form Sheldon van der Linde, who received each Lausitzring DTM races final weekend, whisked his #98 Rowe Racing BMW to first in High Qualifying 1 with an 8m11.039s lap.
However with the South African’s team-mate Nicky Catsburg on the wheel, the #98 BMW slipped to 13th within the timesheets with an 8m12.772s lap, three.303s down on the flying Ludwig.
Augusto Farfus as an alternative flew the flag for BMW within the sister #99 Rowe machine by which he’ll be joined by Philipp Eng, Nick Yelloly and Connor De Phillippi, taking second with a lap of 8m10.640s.
Jordan Pepper took third within the Konrad Lamborghini Huracan he shares with Axcil Jefferies, Michele di Martino and Maximilian Hacklander, whereas Christopher Haase was fourth within the main Audi from Automotive Assortment forward of the similar Phoenix machine of Jakub Giermaziak.
Pepper was the one driver who improved on his second flying lap, as a misplaced wheel for the True KTM of Ferdinand Caught within the Hatzenbach space introduced out a gradual zone that hampered all of the drivers who began early in prime qualifying.
#99 Rowe Racing BMW M4 GT3: Connor De Phillippi, Philipp Eng, Augusto Farfus, Nick Yelloly
Photograph by: Andreas Beil
The main Mercedes runner, Luca Stolz within the #12 HRT instance, will begin from eighth, whereas the main Porsche pushed by Nico Menzel within the #25 Huber instance will begin solely ninth.
After a dashing offence on Thursday night, when Kevin Estre was clocked at 137 km/h in a 120 km/h gradual zone, the 2021 N24-winning Manthey Porsche must begin from the again of the primary beginning group exterior the highest 60.
The #911 Estre shares with Michael Christensen, Fred Makowiecki and Laurens Vanthoor was withdrawn from High Qualifying because of this.
In the meantime, the Glickenhaus SCG004c #706 of Felipe Fernandez Laser was unable to set a lap in High Qualifying 1 because of a journey in water and oil temperature, so turned again into the pit lane after one lap on the Grand Prix circuit.
The 50th version of the Nurburgring 24 Hours begins on Saturday afternoon at 16:00 CEST.