Yvan Muller has claimed pole position at Oschersleben

Yvan Muller has kept his charge to a third World Touring Car Championship crown intact by claiming pole position for tomorrow’s opening race at Oschersleben.

But for the first time all season, Muller’s Chevrolet team was unable to snatch its customary 1-2 in the top-ten shootout, with Robert Dahlgren managing to get his Volvo onto the front row, after being fastest in the opening phase of qualifying at the German circuit.

Robert Dahlgren The former Swedish Touring Car Champion refused to repeat his disastrous qualifying performance last fortnight at Donington, and pulled out all stops in his C30 to make it into the second stage of qualifying. This means that he will start from tenth for tomorrow’s second race, with the top-ten positions determined by reversing the order of the fastest ten qualifiers from Q1.

In contrast, the Chevrolets played a more tactical game, although Muller had to put in a late flier in Q1 to avoid an early bath, meaning he will start alongside Dahlgren for the second race as well.

The second row of the grid will be occupied by Muller’s team-mate, championship leader Robert Huff, and former WTCC title-holder Gabriele Tarquini in his SUNRED SEAT.

Despite the Oschersleben circuit historically being one of BMW’s best stomping grounds, Tom Coronel could place no better than fifth-fastest as the fastest of three drivers to make it into Q2. The third RML Chevrolet of Alain Menu starts from sixth position.

The top-ten is completed by Norbert Michelisz, Michel Nykjær, Franz Engstler and Tiago Monteiro.

The second race will see Franz Engstler – tenth-fastest in Q1 – starting from pole position for the ‘standing start’ Race 2. With Monteiro, Michelisz and Nykjær completing the front two rows, Menu is the best-placed Chevrolet driver in fifth place.

But all eyes will be on the battle at the front for the first race, especially to see if Dahlgren is able to claim his maiden WTCC podium, or what will be a hugely popular maiden win.

 

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

Driver Team Time
1. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:33.712 (Q2)
2. Robert Dahlgren SWE Polestar Volvo C30 ‘Drive’ Volvo 1:34.215 (Q2)
3. Robert Huff GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:34.290 (Q2)
4. Gabriele Tarquini ITA Lukoil-SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:34.519 (Q2)
5. Tom Coronel NED ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW 1:34.635 (Q2)
6. Alain Menu SUI RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:34.673 (Q2)
7. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengõ-Dension Team BMW 320TC BMW 1:34.884 (Q2)
8. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:35.260 (Q2)
9. Franz Engstler DEU Team Engstler BMW 320TC BMW 1:35.370 (Q2)
10. Tiago Monteiro POR SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:35.501 (Q2)
11. Darryl O’Young HKG Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:35.633  
12. Stefano D’Aste ITA Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW 1:35.656  
13. Mehdi Bennani MOR Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW 1:35.724  
14. Pepe Oriola ESP SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:35.903  
15. Fredy Barth SUI Swiss SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:35.932  
16. Javier Villa García ESP Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW 1:36.071  
17. Yukinori Taniguchi JPN Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:36.657  
18. Aleksei Dudukalo RUS Lukoil-SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:36.666
19. Kristian Poulsen* DEN Team Engstler BMW 320TC BMW 1:35.730  
20. Ibrahim Okyay TUR Borusan Otomotiv BMW 320si BMW 1:38.113  
             
  OUTSIDE 107%       1:41.528  
21. Fabio Fabiani ITA Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si BMW 1:41.754  

Top-10 starting order determined via a separate top-ten single-lap qualifying session. * Denotes 5-place grid penalty

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

Driver Team Time
1. Franz Engstler DEU Team Engstler BMW 320TC BMW 1:35.621
2. Tiago Monteiro POR SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:35.610
3. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengõ-Dension Team BMW 320TC BMW 1:35.522
4. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:35.522
5. Alain Menu SUI RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:35.459
6. Gabriele Tarquini ITA Lukoil-SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:35.424
7. Robert Huff GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:35.417
8. Tom Coronel NED ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW 1:35.281
9. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:35.075
10. Robert Dahlgren SWE Polestar Volvo C30 ‘Drive’ Volvo 1:34.886
11. Darryl O’Young HKG Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:35.633
12. Stefano D’Aste ITA Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW 1:35.656
13. Mehdi Bennani MOR Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW 1:35.724
14. Kristian Poulsen DEN Team Engstler BMW 320TC BMW 1:35.730
15. Pepe Oriola ESP SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:35.903
16. Fredy Barth SUI Swiss SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:35.932
17. Javier Villa García ESP Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW 1:36.071
18. Yukinori Taniguchi JPN Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:36.657
19. Aleksei Dudukalo RUS Lukoil-SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 1:36.666
20. Ibrahim Okyay TUR Borusan Otomotiv BMW 320si BMW 1:38.113
           
  OUTSIDE 107%       1:41.528
21. Fabio Fabiani ITA Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si BMW 1:41.754

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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