MENU PLACES CHEVROLET ON POLE
Alain Menu has taken his fifth pole of the season. In the dying minutes of qualifying Yvan Muller looked to have secured prime position in Macau with a time of 2:31.395, but under the chequered flag Menu stormed a lap in 2:31.209. Muller will line up second with his SEAT Sport team-mate Gabriele Tarquini behind in third.
Championship contender Augusto Farfus clocked the fourth best time (2:31.752) for BMW Team Germany but his colleague Jorg Muller had to settle for 15th on the grid. Andy Priaulx, who is currently co-leading the championship with Yvan Muller, qualified in twelfth place (2:32.685). Lining up fourth on the grid will be Nicola Larini, who too has a chance of claiming the championship tomorrow. Jordi Gene and Rob Huff follow him in sixth and seventh positions. James Thompson, the final man in the title fight, promoted himself to eighth in the late stages of the session with a time of 2:32.140.
The session was disrupted almost immediately after Thomspon's Alfa Romeo N.technology team-mate Andre Couto hit the barriers at the Teddy Ip bend on his first flying lap. "I brushed the inside wall with my front left wheel and this was enough to send me crashing into the opposite wall," he explained. At the time of this report the N.technology team were not able to tell whether the car was repairable or not.
Tiago Monteiro and Alessandro Zanardi completed the top-ten, while the Team AVIVA duo of Duncan Huisman and Colin Turkington were classified 16th and 18th.
Luca Rangoni secured pole for the independent category with a time of 2:33.278 which placed him 17th on the grid. His rivals in the title fight Pierre-Yves Corthals and Stefano D'Aste qualified 19th and 21st respectively.