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N.TECHNOLOGY SCORES ITS 100TH POLE POSITION James Thompson has further secured his place in touring car history by scoring N.Technology's 100th pole position with Alfa Romeo in today's FIA World Touring Car Championship qualifying session ...

N.TECHNOLOGY SCORES ITS 100TH POLE POSITION

James Thompson has further secured his place in touring car history by scoring N.Technology's 100th pole position with Alfa Romeo in today's FIA World Touring Car Championship qualifying session in Spain.

The N.Technology Alfa Romeo driver recorded his best time early on in the session at Valencia, setting the scene for a tense 30 minutes for his team as SEAT driver, Yvan Muller, came within 0.001s of the 32-year-old Brit.

Thompson's Alfa Romeo 156 held out to the end, however, and he says there is no reason he cannot turn this landmark achievement into the team's 146th race win with the marque in tomorrow's first race.

The team's second driver, Olivier Tielemans, will start from 20th on the grid despite finishing second-fastest in this morning's second free practice.

N.Technology Alfa Romeo Team Principal, Mauro Sipsz, congratulates James Thompson on his pole position

James Thompson, car number 15

It was a neat and tidy lap but I could have gone faster. In the remaining laps I was trying to be faster but ultimately made a couple of mistakes and ended slower. Looking at the people at the front, I think the start of tomorrow's race will be anything but neat and tidy! It's not a difficult circuit for overtaking, but hopefully the strengths of our car will be enough so we can keep everybody behind.

We were on pole here last year and since then everybody but us has made big changes; if you asked anybody if they think their car is faster than last year, I think they would say yes. So we must have taken a big step forward since Zandvoort to have repeated last year's form here again.

I think a lot of credit has to go to the team. They have worked exceptionally hard behind the scenes. Everybody's been pushing in the right direction.

Mauro Sipsz, Team Principal

This is an historic day for N.Technology, but it's only the first step for tomorrow. We've achieved a milestone - out 100th pole position - despite still developing the Alfa 156 so we're very happy. If you consider the age of our race car this further endorses the dedication and innovation of the N.Technology team.

We needed a result and the team is euphoric. It's a very proud day.

-credit: ntar

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Series WTCC
Drivers Yvan Muller , James Thompson , Olivier Tielemans