Yvan Muller took the 2010 World Touring Car Championship season’s first pole position in his very first outing for the Chevrolet team. The Frenchman clinched pole position in the dying seconds of an action-packed qualifying session.
At the end of Q1, it was a Chevrolet trifecta, with Robert Huff heading the timesheets from Alain Menu and Muller.
Jordi Gené provided a welcome boost for SEAT with his improved performance IN Q2, forcing Muller to pull out everything on his final lap to retake pole from the Spaniard.
It is an all-Chevrolet second row, with Alain Menu third ahead of Robert Huff. Gabriele Tarquini is the second-quickest SEAT in fifth position.
Despite a strong showing in the opening practice sessions, the factory BMWs could not repeat the same form in Q2, and Andy Priaulx will start in sixth ahead of hometown favourite August Farfus.
SEAT’s Tiago Monteiro was a high-profile casualty at the end of Q1, beaten to the final Q2 berth by his team-mate Tom Coronel in the final seconds of the session.
Stefano D’Aste finished quickest of the Independent Trophy drivers, ahead of Darryl O’Young.
2010 Round 1 Qualifying Times:
|1.||Yvan Muller||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||1:23.923||1:23.725|
|2.||Jordi Gené||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:24.157||1:23.757|
|3.||Alain Menu||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||1:23.730||1:23.829|
|4.||Robert Huff||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||1:23.630||1:23.833|
|5.||Gabriele Tarquini||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:24.125||1:23.834|
|6.||Andy Priaulx||RBM Team BMW 320si||1:24.034||1:23.955|
|7.||Augusto Farfus||RBM Team BMW 320si||1:24.006||1:23.981|
|8.||Michel Nykjær||SUNRED SEAT León TDI||1:24.516||1:24.161|
|9.||Tom Coronel||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:24.558||1:24.325|
|10.||Norbert Michelisz||Zengö-Denison SEAT León TDI||1:24.019||1:24.926|
|11.||Tiago Monteiro||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:24.562|
|12.||Fredy Barth||SUNRED SEAT León TDI||1:24.983|
|13.||Stefano D’Aste (I)||Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si||1:25.153|
|14.||Darryl O’Young (I)||Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti||1:25.328|
|15.||Mehdi Bennani (I)||Wiechers Sport BMW 320si||1:25.486|
|16.||Franz Engstler (I)||Team Engstler BMW 320si||1:25.547|
|17.||Sergio Hernández (I)||Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si||1:25.826|
|18.||Harry Vaulkhard (I)||Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti||1:25.841|
|19.||Andrei Romanov (I)||Team Engstler BMW 320si||1:27.567|
(I) – denotes Independent Trophy driver
[Image via FIA WTCC website]