Yvan Muller has smashed the Hungaroring’s qualifying lap to the tune of over five seconds en route to leading another Citroën qualifying sweep. The Frenchman pipped teammate José María López to top spot by just 0.034 seconds in a tense qualifying session.

Sébastien Loeb wound up third-fastest, ahead of the works Honda duo of Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini.

For the first time this season, the Hondas were able to take the fight in qualifying to the three C-Elysée racers, as was evidenced by local hero Norbert Michelisz being able to break into the top-three in the opening phase of qualifying.

The four second-tier TC2T class runners brought up the rear of the grid – Pasquale di Sabatino claimed class pole honours for the first time this season – while the three LADAs and René Münnich’s Chevrolet were also knocked out of proceedings.

The second phase of qualifying saw López again lead the way from Muller and Loeb. A late effort from Tarquini saw him scrape into Q3 with teammate Monteiro, while Michelisz was unable to repeat his Q1 heroics when his Honda developed a steering issue.

Mehdi Bennani headed the list of Q2 knockouts, followed by the ROAL Chevrolets of Tom Chilton and Tom Coronel, then Gianni Morbidelli and Hugo Valente.

Dušan Borković had posted the tenth-fastest time to give himself pole position for Sunday’s second race, but his Chevrolet’s ride height was deemed too low and he was stripped of his qualifying times.

Sunday’s first race takes place at 1:35pm local time (GMT +2).


2014 FIA WTCC Race of Hungary – Final Qualifying:

Q3 Qualifiers Team Time Class
1. Yvan Muller Total Citroën Racing C-Elysée Citroen 1:48.727 TC1
2. José María López Total Citroën Racing C-Elysée Citroen + 0.034 TC1
3. Sébastien Loeb Total Citroën Racing C-Elysée Citroen + 0.386 TC1
4. Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda Racing Team Civic WTCC Honda + 0.439 TC1
5. Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda Racing Team Civic WTCC Honda + 1.849 TC1
Q2 Qualifiers Team Time Class
6. Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC Honda 1:49.745 TC1
7. Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze Chevrolet 1:49.757 TC1
8. Tom Coronel nl ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze Chevrolet 1:50.428 TC1
9. Gianni Morbidelli Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze Chevrolet 1:50.728 TC1
10. Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze Chevrolet 1:52.123 TC1
11. Norbert Michelisz Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC Honda No Time TC1
DQ. Dušan Borković* Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze Chevrolet Disallowed TC1
Q1 Qualifiers Team Time Class
12. Rob Huff LADA Sport Lukoil Granta Sport 1.6T LADA 1:50.908 TC1
13. James Thompson LADA Sport Lukoil Granta Sport 1.6T LADA 1:50.995 TC1
14. René Münnich Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze Chevrolet 1:51.123 TC1
15. Mikhail Kozlovskiy LADA Sport Lukoil Granta Sport 1.6T LADA 1:52.451 TC1
16. Pasquale di Sabatino Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW E90 320TC BMW 1:54.584 TC2
17. Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW E90 320TC BMW 1:55.121 TC2
18. Yukinori Taniguchi jp NIKA Racing Honda Civic S2000 TC Honda 1:56.561 TC2
19. John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC SEAT
1:56.588 TC2

* Borković was stripped of his qualifying times after his car was deemed non-conforming following post-qualifying scrutineering. He will start from the back of the grid for both races.

Images via FIA WTCC Media

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