Rob Huff scored his fourth consecutive World Touring Car Championship pole position by leading a Chevrolet 1-2-3 in qualifying at Monza.

The points leader, who has now topped qualifying at every round since Macau at the end of 2010, left it late to make it through to Q2, sitting in 13th place when the checkered flag came out at the end of the first session. His final lap was good enough though to see him through to Q2 in ninth place, also giving him second on the grid for Race 2.

It was Tiago Monteiro who finished Q1 in tenth to gain pole position for Race 2. Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller will start behind Monteiro and Huff on the second row of the grid.

Muller was quickest after the first runs in Q2, but Huff moved himself up from tenth to first on his second attempt. The third Chevrolet driver Alain Menu moved himself up to third position on his third flying lap, as most of the other drivers returned to the pit lane unable to improve their times.

Norbert Michelisz was fourth in his second race in the Zengo Dension BMW, with Monteiro fifth. Darryl O'Young put his Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze on the third row of the grid in sixth place. Kristian Poulsen was seventh in his Engstler BMW, just ahead of Tom Coronel in the ROAL BMW. Mehdi Bennani qualified ninth for Proteam, while Tarquini languished down in tenth place. The window of the Italian’s left door shattered, sending pieces flying into the cockpit. He underwent checks at the medical centre to make sure nothing had entered his eyes.

Qualifying 1 result:

Pos Cl Driver Team Car Time Gap
1   Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 320 TC 1:59.907  
2 Y Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 320 TC 1:59.961 0.054
3 Y Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 320 TC 2:00.005 0.098
4 Y Darryl O'Young Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:00.030 0.123
5   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:00.279 0.372
6 Y Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW 320 TC 2:00.287 0.380
7   Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:00.382 0.475
8   Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 2:00.511 0.604
9   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:00.515 0.608
10   Tiago Monteiro SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 2:00.549 0.642
11 Y Javier Villa Proteam BMW 320 TC 2:00.803 0.896
12 Y Pepe Oriola SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 2:00.861 0.954
13 Y Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 320 TC 2:00.912 1.005
14 Y Michel Nykjaer SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 2:00.971 1.064
15 Y Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:01.534 1.627
16   Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo C30 2:01.823 1.916
17 Y Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 2:02.008 2.101
18 Y Aleksei Dudukalo SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 2:02.009 2.102
19 Y Marchy Lee KK BMW 320 TC 2:04.088 4.181
20 Y Urs Sonderegger Wiechers BMW 320 TC 2:04.682 4.775
21 Y Ibrahim Okyay Borusan BMW 320si 2:04.790 4.883
22 Y Fabio Fabiani Proteam BMW 320si 2:08.789 8.882

Qualifying 2 result:

Pos Cl Driver Team Car Time Gap
1   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:59.034  
2   Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:59.131 0.097
3   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:59.433 0.399
4 Y Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 320 TC 1:59.458 0.424
5   Tiago Monteiro SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 1:59.574 0.540
6 Y Darryl O'Young Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:59.866 0.832
7 Y Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 320 TC 2:00.010 0.976
8   Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 320 TC 2:00.244 1.210
9 Y Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW 320 TC 2:00.930 1.896
10   Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 2:01.073 2.039