HUNGARORING, Budapest - A jubilant Yvan Muller has stormed into pole position for tomorrow’s first of two races, brandishing his blistering lap as ‘the best of the year.’

Yvan Muller, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, RML
Yvan Muller, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, RML

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The RML Cruzes looked to have serious pace during the morning’s free practice, but the ever-present threat of the Hondas ensured pre-session bets on who would master the pole were hard to call. Muller would emerge as the victor for today, smashing his last year’s pole time by over two seconds.

For team-mate Tom Chilton, the session didn’t unfold as planned and the frustrated Briton will start from 6th on the grid.

Local hero Norbert Michelisz stunned his home support as he launched his privateer Honda onto the front row of the grid in the closing minutes, with works team-mates Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro behind. Tom Coronel will line up 5th beside Chilton.

Team celebrations and punched fists complete, Yvan Muller summarised: “That was probably my best lap of the year. I had to do my best to beat the Hondas – taking the maximum out of the car but also keeping it clean. Everybody in the team has, and always does, work so hard for this so this is definitely a great start to the weekend!’

Tom Chilton: “Disappointed to be honest, because the pace is there and I thought we were good enough to be up on the front with Yvan. I was P2 on my quick lap but then Monteiro just edged ahead, demoting me to P3. But I was happy with my time because it was an improvement over my morning pace.

Unfortunately the Hondas and Coronel then went back out for a second lap, when we didn’t, so they managed to punch ahead. I’m out of position against where I think we should be, but, on the plus side I am happy that I have new tyres for both races which I hope will play out favourably for me against my neighbours on the grid.”

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