Yvan Muller broke his own lap record en route to claiming pole position at the Hungaroring

Yvan Muller has deprived local fans of a homegrown pole position by beating Norbert Michesliz to top spot in qualifying for this weekend’s opening FIA World Touring Car Championship race at the Hungaroring.

The Frenchman’s run to pole position was utterly dominant, breaking the WTCC lap record around the twisty circuit with a rapid 1:53.426, smashing his own previous record at the venue by over a second.

After the opening Q2 runs, Muller led the way from the Honda duo of Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini, but a second run for Michelisz gave the Hungarian driver a front-row start on his home circuit.

Behind the Honda trio, Tom Coronel claimed fifth place and the fastest BMW driver honours, while Muller’s teammate Tom Chilton was sixth-quickest.

James Nash took top Independent Trophy qualifying honours in the Bamboo Chevrolet with the seventh-fastest time, while Rob Huff was the only SEAT driver to make it into Q2, placing eighth.

Race 2’s reverse-grid front row will be occupied by the ninth- and tenth-fastest qualifiers, with Mehdi Bennani and Alex MacDowall ensuring an all-Independent Trophy front row for Sunday afternoon’s second twelve-lap dash.

Tom Boardman’s nightmare start to his 2013 championship season continued into this weekend. The Englishman’s Special Tune Racing SEAT will be sent to the back of the Race 1 grid after post-qualifying scrutineering found the car to be at too low a ride height.


2013 FIA WTCC Race of Hungary Q1 & Q2 Session Times:

Driver Team Q2 Time YIT
1. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:53.426  
2. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 0.380
3. Tiago Monteiro POR Castrol Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 0.527
4. Gabriele Tarquini ITA Castrol Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 0.622  
5. Tom Coronel NED ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW + 0.651
6. Tom Chilton GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 0.755  
7. James Nash GBR Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 0.844 Y
8. Robert Huff GBR Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 0.954  
9. Mehdi Bennani MOR Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW + 1.029 Y
10. Alex MacDowall GBR Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 1.107 Y
11. Michel Nykjær DEN NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 1.546 Y
12. Fredy Barth SUI Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW + 1.628 Y
  Q2 CUT-OFF: 1:54.778 Q1 Time  
13. Pepe Oriola ESP Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT 1:54.851 Y
14. Franz Engstler DEU Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW 1:54.958 Y
15. Stefano D’Aste ITA PB Sport BMW 320TC BMW 1:55.103 Y
16. James Thompson GBR LADA Sport Granta LADA 1:55.168  
17. Darryl O’Young HKG ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW 1:55.229 Y
18. Charles Ka-Ki Ng HKG Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW 1:55.283 Y
19. Fernando Monje ESP Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT 1:55.299 Y
20. Tom Boardman* GBR Special Tune Racing SEAT León WTCC SEAT 1:55.421 Y
21. Marc Basseng DEU Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT 1:55.452  
22. Mikhail Kozlovskiy RUS LADA Sport Granta LADA 1:55.608
23. Hugo Valente FRA Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT 1:55.882 Y
24. René Münnich DEU Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT 1:56.656 Y
  OUTSIDE 107% Q1 Time  

The starting order for Race 1 is determined by the qualifying results indicated above, unless states otherwise. The ten-fastest drivers – as indicated by their Q2 fastest times – start in reverse starting order for Race 2, unless stated otherwise. (‘Y’ denotes Yokohama Independent Trophy entered driver).
* Tom Boardman received a ten-place grid penalty for Race 1 after failing a post-qualifying technical inspection.

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