Macau GP: Event qualifying 1 report

Muller Fastest as FIA WTCC Qualifying Postponed Yvan Muller was fastest in an incident-filled first qualifying session for the FIA World Touring Car Championship finale at Macau on Friday, with the final pole position shoot-out eventually...

Muller Fastest as FIA WTCC Qualifying Postponed

Yvan Muller was fastest in an incident-filled first qualifying session for the FIA World Touring Car Championship finale at Macau on Friday, with the final pole position shoot-out eventually being delayed until Saturday because of fading light.

The 30-minute session was interrupted by four red flags and, with the lack of light making it impossible to complete the shoot-out, race officials took the decision to delay that element until Saturday.

The top drivers had completed just one flying lap when the first red flag came out. SEAT driver Tom Coronel swiped the barriers at Fishermen's Bend - leaving debris scattered across the track.

The accident brought out the red flags and there was a delay while race officials made repairs to the barriers.

Following the restart, a second red flag was brought out when Masaki Kano spun his car into the middle of the circuit at Turn 1 - shortly after Andy Priaulx had hit the barriers at R Bend and parked his car at the exit of the pits.

When the session eventually got restarted there was yet another red flag when Kristian Poulsen hit the barriers at Paiol - ripping a wheel off his BMW and leaving his car stranded in the middle of the track.

With light fading fast, race officials managed to get the session going and there was time for just one flying lap - where Muller pipped Chevrolet team- mate Rob Huff for the top spot, with Tiago Monteiro setting the third best time.

Any opportunity for another flying lap was taken away when the fourth - and final - red flag came out after Coronel, whose car had been fixed following his earlier accident - stopped out on track just before Police bend.

-source: macugp

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