Yvan Muller took pole position

Yvan Muller has secured his first outright pole of the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season, after the Frenchman comfortably clocked the fastest lap time around the Brno circuit. The Chevrolet driver will start from pole position for tomorrow’s first of two 10-lap races, sharing the front row with his team-mate Robert Huff.

With heavy clouds threatening to deposit their contents over the circuit today, conditions remained dry for Saturday’s qualifying sessions.

The second row of the grid is occupied by Tom Coronel and Alain Menu in the third Chevrolet, with the Swiss driver enduring a stressful qualifying session, only emerging in the dying seconds of Q2 to register his lap time.

Norbert Michelisz qualified fifth-fastest, while Robert Dahlgren was clearly revelling with his new turbo engine and qualified a tremendous sixth-fastest. The Swede was quickest overall in the first session, and starts Race 2 from tenth spot.

The top-ten is completed by Kristian Poulsen, Gabriele Tarquini (the only SEAT driver to make the top-ten), Darryl O’Young and Franz Engstler.

For Tarquini and fellow SUNRED driver Tiago Monteiro, it was a day of mixed fortunes. Poor Monteiro had a troubled time in yesterday’s practice sessions and his woes continued into Saturday where he failed to clock a lap time within 107% of the Dahlgren’s fastest effort in Q2. The stewards have allowed the Portuguese driver and fellow SEAT runner Fredy Barth to both starts the race.

The second race – where the top-ten-fastest drivers’ finishing order in Q1 is reversed – will see Franz Engstler start from pole position, while Coronel starts second-fastest.

 

2011 FIA WTCC Race of Czech Republic Q1 & Q2 Session Times (Race 1 Grid):

Driver Team Time
1. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 2:08.884 (Q2)
2. Robert Huff GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 2:09.256 (Q2)
3. Tom Coronel NED ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW 2:09.717 (Q2)
4. Alain Menu SUI RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 2:09.830 (Q2)
5. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengõ-Dension Team BMW 320TC BMW 2:09.921 (Q2)
6. Robert Dahlgren SWE Polestar Volvo C30 Volvo 2:09.998 (Q2)
7. Kristian Poulsen DEN Team Engstler BMW 320TC BMW 2:10.326 (Q2)
8. Gabriele Tarquini ITA Lukoil-SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 2:10.491 (Q2)
9. Darryl O’Young HKG Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 2:10.559 (Q2)
10. Franz Engstler DEU Team Engstler BMW 320TC BMW 2:11.339 (Q2)
11. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 2:10.959  
12. Javier Villa García ESP Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW 2:10.959  
13. Mehdi Bennani MOR Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW 2:11.410  
14. Pepe Oriola ESP SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 2:11.687  
15. Yukinori Taniguchi JPN Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 2:11.832  
16. Aleksei Dudukalo RUS Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI SEAT 2:11.899  
17. Urs Sonderegger SUI Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW 2:17.051  
             
  OUTSIDE 107%       2:05.367  
18. Tiago Monteiro POR SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 2:19.531  
19. Fredy Barth SUI Swiss SR León 1.6T Sunred no time  

Top-10 starting order determined via a separate top-ten single-lap qualifying session

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2011 FIA WTCC Race of Czech Republic Q1 Session Times (Race 2 Grid):

Driver Team Time
1. Franz Engstler DEU Team Engstler BMW 320TC BMW 2:10.839
2. Tom Coronel NED ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW 2:10.831
3. Gabriele Tarquini ITA Lukoil-SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 2:10.729
4. Darryl O’Young HKG Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 2:10.506
5. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengõ-Dension Team BMW 320TC BMW 2:10.486
6. Alain Menu SUI RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 2:10.466
7. Kristian Poulsen DEN Team Engstler BMW 320TC BMW 2:10.459
8. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 2:10.384
9. Robert Huff GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 2:10.375
10. Robert Dahlgren SWE Polestar Volvo C30 1.6T Volvo 2:10.264
11. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 2:10.959
12. Javier Villa García ESP Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW 2:10.959
13. Mehdi Bennani MOR Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW 2:11.410
14. Pepe Oriola ESP SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 2:11.687
15. Yukinori Taniguchi JPN Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 2:11.832
16. Aleksei Dudukalo RUS Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI SEAT 2:11.899
17. Urs Sonderegger SUI Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW 2:17.051
  OUTSIDE 107%       2:19.382
18. Tiago Monteiro POR SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 2:19.531
19. Fredy Barth SUI Swiss SR León 1.6T Sunred no time

Top-10 starting order determined reversing the order of the ten fastest drivers in Q1.

[Original images via FIA WTCC Media]

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