Muller leads Valente after qualifying in Hungary

Citroen's Yvan Muller took a first pole of the 2015 WTCC season in the first dry running of the weekend at the Hungaroring, ahead of Hugo Valente.

In the final one-lap shootout, a logistical problem meant Ma Qing Hua was unable to get out to set his lap, leaving Campos Racing’s Hugo Valente to go out first and set a time of 1m49.081s.

That benchmark was unbeaten by either Sebastien Loeb or Lopez, but Muller was able to go faster by two tenths of a second to take his first pole since Spa-Francorchamps last year and end Lopez’s five race pole position streak.

Valente had been given a five-place grid penalty for ignoring the yellow flags in first practice, but the stewards decided to rescind the penalty, allowing the Frenchman to keep his front-row slot ahead of Lopez, Loeb, Ma and Honda's Tiago Monteiro.

The sister works Civic of Gabriele Tarquini meanwhile will start from the back after the Italian touched a kerb at Turn 4 and spun in the opening part of qualifying, damaging the front splitter of the upgraded car and causing the session to be stopped.

Zengo Motorsport’s Norbert Michelisz meanwhile achieved the best result possible outside of an overall pole at his home race by qualifying 10th, which gives the Hungarian pole position for race two ahead of the Chevrolets of Tom Chilton and Tom Coronel and Rob Huff's Lada.

Qualifying results:

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
Yvan Muller Citroen 1m48.848
Hugo Valente Chevrolet 0.233
Jose Maria Lopez Citroen 0.719
Sabastien Loeb Citroen 0.724
Ma Qing Hua Citroen No time
Tiago Monteiro Honda Q2
Rob Huff Lada Q2
Tom Coronel Chevrolet Q2
Tom Chilton Chevrolet Q2
10  Norbert Michelisz Honda Q2
11  Mehdi Bennani Citroen Q2
12  Stefano D'Aste Chevrolet Q2
13  John Filippi Chevrolet Q1
14  James Thompson Lada Q1
15  Gregoire Demoustier Chevrolet Q1
16  Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lada Q1
17  Gabriele Tarquini Honda No time

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

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Series WTCC
Event Budapest
Track Hungaroring
Drivers Sébastien Loeb , Yvan Muller , Jose Maria Lopez , Ma Qing Hua , Hugo Valente
Teams Citroën World Touring Car team
Article type Qualifying report