Huff on Pole after Chaotic FIA WTCC Qualifying
Rob Huff maintained his strong form in the FIA World Touring Car Championship season finale in Macau when he took pole position in Saturday morning's rescheduled final qualifying session.
With the shootout element of qualifying having been postponed from Friday, because fading light meant it could not be completed last night, the teams and drivers had returned to the Guia circuit early to decide the top ten grid positions.
Huff repeated his pole position performance from last year to lead home SEAT driver Norbert Michelisz on the timesheets - although the Hungarian will move down to seventh on the grid because of a five-place grid penalty he received for missing a weighbridge check on Friday.
Michelisz's penalty means that Huff's Chevrolet team-mate, and FIA WTCC champion Yvan Muller, will start alongside him on the front row.
"That was probably the most bizarre qualifying session I have been involved in," said a delighted Huff afterwards. "It was a great achievement by the team - and a big challenge to go out of the pits on a brand new set of tyres and go flat out on the first lap."
Muller was lucky to have been able to complete qualifying after hitting the wall early in the shoot-out following a mix-up with local driver Andre Couto at Lisboa.
"After what happened at the first corner I decided to take less risks - and it is the first damage I have done to my car all season," said the Frenchman. "But I am pleased with my qualifying effort as going flat out in Q2 was quite tricky."
Chevrolet's Alain Menu will start third on the grid, ahead of the SEAT of Tiago Monteiro and BMW's Augusto Farfus, who brushed the barriers early in the session.
-source: macau gp