Separated by less than 0.15 of a second, the three Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs finished first, second and third in qualifying in Suzuka.
The Briton showed considerable prowess and appeared to be in complete harmony with his TC1-spec Granta Sport on Circuito da Guia.
At the wheel of the Castrol-Civic WTCC Gabriele Tarquini will start on row 3 having finished the qualifying in 6th position.
Yvan Muller claims pole position for Race One at Spa.
The 2012 World Champion will take up pole position on the reversed grid for Round 16 of the 24-race championship.
The 2014 Honda Civic WTCC is a more complex technical machine than the previous model.
Four Honda Civics finished the session within this close group with Gabriele Tarquini in 10th place for Race 1 .
A single lap in Q3 to determined the top five grid positions for race 1 which will see Tiago Monteiro start on the second row of the grid in 4th position with Gabriele Tarquini in 5th.
Yvan Muller time is a new qualifying lap record for Monza and nearly 1.5 seconds faster than the previous record.
Rounds 11 and 12 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) take place tomorrow.
Rob Huff: “We’re suffering with the language barrier at the moment and I’m having to learn Russian quite quickly to solve issues and improve the car,”.
The two Honda Civics battled through the three qualifying sessions, setting the times for others to challenge.
Fernando Monje was 10th in qualifying at Marrakech and will hold pole position on the reversed grid for Race 2.
The Stewards of the FIA World Touring Car Championship came down hard on 14 drivers for “Unsporting behaviour on the track..."!
The popular young Hungarian Norbert Michelisz was second fastest in Q2 before going into the single car shoot-out Q3 where he set 4th fastest time.
Qualified 13th, Huff looks for more in the race