Morbidelli wins pole and… grid penalty

Gianni Morbidelli becoming the first driver to break the Citroën domination in the Super Pole exercise this season.

Gianni Morbidelli took a brilliant pole at the Salzburgring, becoming the first driver to break the Citroën domination in the Super Pole exercise this season.

This on top of being the only non-Citroën driver to have won a race so far.

However, a Stewards decision stripped him by the right to start from pole in Race 1. Morbidelli was given a drop of five grid positions (from first to sixth) because he had improved his Q1 time under yellow flag.

Thus, Yvan Muller inherited pole for the second time this season; this had happened at Le Castellet following the exclusion of Loeb and López for a technical infringement.

Gianni Morbidelli, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1, ALL-INKL_COM Munnich Motorsport
Gianni Morbidelli, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1, ALL-INKL_COM Munnich Motorsport

Photo by: XPB Images

The ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Italian ace, always among the fastest since the beginning of the weekend, made a perfect lap at the wheel of his Chevrolet RML Cruze, stopping the watches at 1.22.137.

He preceded the two Citroën cars of Yvan Muller and Sébastian Loeb. Fourth was Tom Coronel, in the ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet, who made it to Q3 for the first time this year. José María López closed the top quintet, after having suffered a spectacular spin in turn 9 in Q1, luckily avoiding the barriers.

Morbidelli had topped the time sheets in Q1 as well, showing excellent form and beating the three C-Elysée cars of Muller, Loeb and López, with Borković in fifth position. The Serbian would then be victim of the fast Turn 9 in his very first lap of Q2. Fortunately, the Campos Racing Chevrolet suffered much less damage than its sister car of Hugo Valente, who heavily crashed in the same corner in the morning.

Q2 saw Muller fastest ahead of the Chevy cars of Coronel and Morbidelli, while the Honda cars seemed to deliberately targeting the last positions in the top ten. The first two rows of the Race 2 grid will be trusted by Tarquini, Michelisz, Bennani and Monteiro. Franz Engstler took once again pole among the TC2 cars, this time preceding John Filippi.

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