Monza: Series qualifying report

MULLER CLAIMS SEAT TDI'S FIRST POLE Yvan Muller posted a stunning 1:59.487 in the second half of the session to give the diesel powered Leon its first pole. In fact, it is also Muller's first ever pole position in the FIA WTCC. Jordi Gene ...

MULLER CLAIMS SEAT TDI'S FIRST POLE

Yvan Muller posted a stunning 1:59.487 in the second half of the session to give the diesel powered Leon its first pole.

In fact, it is also Muller's first ever pole position in the FIA WTCC. Jordi Gene (1:59.887) and Gabriele Tarquini (2:00.004), also at the wheel of diesel powered machines, will line up second and third respectively.

After the trio of SEAT cars, two Chevrolets will follow on the grid. Just as the SEAT cars did at the start of the session, the Chevrolet drivers formed a line after ten minutes and towed each other for extra speed.

The result was fourth place for Larini and despite improving his time later (to 2:00.322) he qualified fourth. Alain Menu will line up behind his team-mate after his time of 2:00.358 placed him fifth. Huff was 16th quickest.

To follow suit, a duo of BMW drivers is next on the timesheet. Augusto Farfus of BMW Team Germany and Felix Porteiro of BMW Team Italy-Spain clocked the sixth and seventh best times.

Porteiro strayed into the gravel at the first chicane at the start of the session and pitted shortly after to solve some technical problems. He rejoined and set a time nine tenths slower than pole man Muller's.

The top eight qualifiers are completed by James Thompson and his N.technology Alfa Romeo. The Briton completed a lap in 2:00.497.

Luca Rangoni secured the independent pole by qualifying ninth overall; Rangoni stole first position from his rival Pierre-Yves Corthals who qualified 12th.

-credit: fiawtcc.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Yvan Muller , James Thompson , Felix Porteiro , Gabriele Tarquini , Luca Rangoni , Pierre-Yves Corthals , Alain Menu