Muller Takes Pole In Shanghai As Chevrolets Dominate

Yvan Muller - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC
Yvan Muller - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC

Yvan Muller secured pole position at the penultimate round of the World Touring Car Championship at Shanghai as the Chevrolet Cruze filled each of the top six spots in qualifying.

Muller was 0.382 seconds faster than second-placed RML team-mate Tom Chilton.

Pepe Oriola took third, with the Bamboo cars of James Nash and Alex MacDowall both within half a tenth of the Spaniard. Rickard Rydell was sixth on his return to the championship with Nika Racing.

Norbert Michelisz was the best non-Chevrolet in seventh in his Honda, a second away from pole position. Rob Huff was eighth in his SEAT ahead of the factory Honda drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro, who will share the front row for race two on the reverse grid.

Franz Engstler was top BMW driver in 11th and will start ahead of Thed Bjork, who finished in the top 12 in Q1 in the returning Volvo C30 but was not allowed to take part in the second segment in his nationally-homologated car, so will start 12th for both races.