Brands Hatch: Series qualifying report

MENU AND HUFF MAKE THE FRONT ROW BLUE Chevrolet will occupy the front row of the Race 1 grid tomorrow after Alain Menu and Robert Huff stole the show in qualifying. Menu, who last took pole in Macau 2008 secured Chevrolet's second pole position...

MENU AND HUFF MAKE THE FRONT ROW BLUE

Chevrolet will occupy the front row of the Race 1 grid tomorrow after Alain Menu and Robert Huff stole the show in qualifying. Menu, who last took pole in Macau 2008 secured Chevrolet's second pole position of the season after Huff's in Marrakech. Andy Priaulx held provisional pole until the late Chevrolet surge and will line up third on the grid.

The session was incredibly close, with 16 drivers within one second in Q1.

Q1 - Augusto Farfus looked doubtful to make the cut as he was sitting outside of the top ten in the dying seconds. However, on the Brazilian's last lap he set a scorching 1:33.836 to see him through. Consequently the reigning champion and current points leader Yvan Muller missed out on Q2 and will line up 11th tomorrow. Felix Porteiro (12th) and Robert Dahlgren (13th) also had spells in the top ten but narrowly missed out.

All three Chevrolet drivers made it into Q2 after a late attack from the team while SEAT Sport drivers Rickard Rydell, Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro also went through.

Independent driver Norbert Michelisz set the eighth best time late in the stage and became the first guest driver from the SEAT Eurocup to make it to Q2. He did so with damage to the rear of his SEAT Leon after straying off track at Sheene Curve.

Q2 - While the SEAT cars of Tarquini and Rydell went to the top of the timesheet early on, Farfus stepped up the pace and held provisional pole with a 1:33.696 until fellow BMW driver Priaulx bettered that by 0.026 of a second. With time left for one more try, breaths were held as Menu and Huff were on hot laps. Alain Menu shot to the top with a 1:33.521 - a time that Huff could not beat. Huff achieved a 1:33.618 demoting Priaulx and Farfus to third and fourth. Rydell and Tarquini made it a SEAT third row with Larini, Jorg Muller, Monteiro and Michelisz completing the top ten respectively.

The latter had just enough time to swap the WTCC car for his SEAT Eurocup one and went on to win the series' Race 1 in Brands Hatch.

FOUR DRIVERS TO BE DROPPED ON THE GRID

Jorg Muller, Robert Dahlgren, Jordi Gene and Kristian Poulsen have all lost their places on the grid for tomorrow's Race 1.

Muller - who had clocked the 8th fastest lap in today's Q2 - was imposed a 5-position penalty as he drove his car in the fast lane before the opening of the pit lane.

Dahlgren - 13th fastest - had all his times disallowed because the team worked on his car during the parc ferme between Q1 and Q2 Gene - who had qualified 16th - also had all his times disallowed because the engine speed sensor of his car's data logging system was disconnected.

Poulsen - who placed 22nd in qualifying - was given a drop of ten positions due to an engine change on his BMW car.

-credit: wtcc

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Jorg Muller , Yvan Muller , Augusto Farfus , Robert Dahlgren , Felix Porteiro , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Kristian Poulsen , Norbert Michelisz , Alain Menu