The Chevrolet team has cast an ominous warning for this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship event at Brands Hatch, by locking out the top three positions in qualifying ahead of Sunday’s opening race.
But perhaps the biggest surprise went to Colin Turkington, who upstaged both factory BMWs and all of the SEAT runners to qualifying fourth-quickest – the highest position an Independent Trophy driver has started from this season.
Sharing row three will be current and former champions Gabriele Tarquini and Andy Priaulx, who are followed by the SEAT Leóns of Tom Coronel and Tiago Monteiro.
However, Priaulx’s starting position will be ten places further back, with the Guernseyman being demoted due to an engine change.
Coronel could perhaps count himself lucky to make it into the second stage of qualifying, which is usually reserved for the top-ten drivers in the opening phase of qualifying. However, the expanded grid for this weekend’s event saw organisers increase the Q2 field by an extra car, meaning that 11th-placed Coronel was given a lucky reprieve.
Further down the order, Kristian Poulsen’s qualifying times were later stripped after he was found guilty of a parc fermé infringement at the end of the Q1 session, in which he was 15th-quickest.
FIA 2010 WTCC Round 6 Brands Hatch Qualifying Results:
[Original images via FIA WTCC official website]
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