Yvan Muller has claimed a commanding pole position in Valencia, although Chevrolet did not have it all their own way in qualifying.
Muller set the pace with his first run in the Q2 session before shaving a further 0.124 seconds with his second run. This put him 0.363s clear of the opposition, which was led by Lukoil SEAT driver Gabriele Tarquini.
Tom Coronel made it three brands in the top three by qualifying a strong third in his ROAL BMW, 0.05s behind Tarquini.
Home racer Pepe Oriola took fourth on the grid and pole in the Yokohama Trophy, beating Rob Huff who could only manage fifth, more than six tenths adrift of Muller.
The BMWs of Norbert Michelisz and Franz Engstler were next up, ahead of Tarquini's teammate Aleksei Dudukalo. The Russian's car however caught fire in parc ferme immediately after qualifying. Alain Menu struggled to eighth, a huge 1.2 seconds behind his polesitting teammate Muller.
Stefano D'Aste was tenth, which puts him on pole for race two. The top 12 was rounded out by SEAT drivers Tiago Monteiro and Darryl O'Young.
Alex MacDowall missed out on Q2, only managing 14th. James Nash was 16th for Team Aon with teammate Tom Chilton down in 21st, one place ahead of Tom Boardman.
|1||Yvan Muller||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:43.458||1:42.228|
|2||Gabriele Tarquini||Lukoil||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:42.933||1:42.591|
|3||Tom Coronel||ROAL||BMW 320 TC||1:43.323||1:42.643|
|4||Y||Pepe Oriola||Tuenti||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:43.340||1:42.829|
|5||Robert Huff||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:43.427||1:42.862|
|6||Y||Norbert Michelisz||Zengo||BMW 320 TC||1:43.483||1:42.994|
|7||Y||Franz Engstler||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||1:43.683||1:43.108|
|8||Y||Aleksei Dudukalo||Lukoil||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:43.230||1:43.410|
|9||Alain Menu||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:42.975||1:43.472|
|10||Y||Stefano D’Aste||Wiechers||BMW 320 TC||1:43.850||1:43.544|
|11||Tiago Monteiro||Tuenti||SR Leon 1.6T||1:43.801||1:43.640|
|12||Y||Darryl O’Young||Special Tuning||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:43.391||1:43.832|
|13||Y||Alberto Cerqui||ROAL||BMW 320 TC||1:43.889|
|14||Y||Alex MacDowall||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:43.951|
|15||Y||Mehdi Bennani||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||1:44.060|
|16||James Nash||Aon||Ford Focus S2000 TC||1:44.126|
|17||Y||Gabor Weber||Zengo||BMW 320 TC||1:44.316|
|18||Y||Pasquale Di Sabatino||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:44.342|
|19||Y||Isaac Tutumlu||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||1:44.435|
|20||Y||Fernando Monje||Sunred||SR Leon 1.6T||1:44.509|
|21||Tom Chilton||Aon||Ford Focus S2000 TC||1:44.702|
|22||Y||Tom Boardman||Special Tuning||SEAT Leon TDi||1:44.703|
|23||Y||Andrea Barlesi||Sunred||SR Leon 1.6T||1:45.124|
|24||Y||Charles Ng||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||1:45.716|