Gianni Morbidelli took a thrilling race 2 victory in an event that saw all three Citroën drivers finish 5th or worse, mostly due to a lot of good blocking by Tom Coronel.
Honda Racing's Gabriele Tarquini crashed the Citroen party in race one and snagged the final spot on the podium.
The Castrol Honda Civic of Tiago Monteiro will start from the front row of the grid for the second consecutive race.
"This is a weekend that is not like the others, it is in a unique environment that motivates all drivers"
The final event of the 2013 FIA WTCC takes place at Macau in two weeks November 16-17.
The drivers worked together to take advantage of the benefits of slipstreaming each other on the long straight
“I know that at Suzuka overdriving is punishing!” said Norbert Michelisz after claiming his second pole position in WTCC after Slovakia Ring last year. And his words clearly explained why a few top guns failed today during their last attempt in Q2
Tiago Monteiro wants to bring home a victory for the Honda team at their home race.
Driving in the Honda Civic WTCC will be a new experience for Takuya Izawa
Gabriele Tarquini accelerated past the pole position man soon after the start and steadily pulled away from the field to take victory with a 2.4 second advantage.