Muller Storms To Pole Ahead Of Tarquini And Coronel

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Yvan Muller - Photo Credit: WTCC Media

Yvan Muller - Photo Credit: WTCC Media

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.

Pos Class Driver Team Car Q1 Q2
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

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