Yvan Muller has scored his first pole position of the World Touring Car Championship season by posting the fastest time in qualifying at Brno.
The first session saw Franz Engstler end up in tenth place, therefore claiming pole position for the second race. Tom Coronel will join him on the front row, with Gabriele Tarquini and Darryl O’Young sharing the second row. Norbert Michelisz will start fifth, ahead of Alain Menu in the first of the Chevrolets. After Rob Huff lost out in the Q1 gamble in Hungary, Chevrolet played it much safer this time with Huff and Muller posting the second and third fastest times. They will therefore start ninth and eighth on the Race 2 grid respectively behind Kristian Poulsen. Robert Dahlgren was quickest in the Volvo and will therefore line up tenth.
Tiago Monteiro and Fredy Barth both suffered issues with their turbo engines in their SUNRED Leons, leaving them at the back of the grid.
In Q2 Muller went quickest on his first run, with Huff going second. Menu waited until late in the session to try and get himself at the front of the grid after aborting an early run. He could only manage fourth place, behind Coronel.
Michelisz was fifth, with Dahlgren sixth. Poulsen was seventh, ahead of Tarquini, O’Young and Engstler.
1. Yvan Muller (Chevrolet) 2:08.884
2. Rob Huff (Chevrolet) +0.372
3. Tom Coronel (BMW) +0.833
4. Alain Menu (Chevrolet) +0.946
5. Norbert Michelisz (BMW) +1.037
6. Robert Dahlgren (Volvo) +1.114
7. Krisitan Poulsen (BMW) +1.442
8. Gabriele Tarquini (SUNRED) +1.607
9. Darryl O’Young (Chevrolet) +1.675
10. Franz Engstler (BMW) +2.455