SEAT TRIO DOMINATE QUALIFYING SEAT drivers dominated the qualifying session for the FIA WTCC's eighth race meeting at Oschersleben. Gabriele Tarquini signed a last gasp pole position, beating team-mate Yvan Muller and Independent Roberto...
SEAT TRIO DOMINATE QUALIFYING
SEAT drivers dominated the qualifying session for the FIA WTCC's eighth race meeting at Oschersleben. Gabriele Tarquini signed a last gasp pole position, beating team-mate Yvan Muller and Independent Roberto Colciago by 11 and 14 thousandths of a second respectively.
BMW's fastest driver was Jorg Muller who set the fourth fastest lap on his home track, just ahead of Chevrolet's Alain Menu and of his own team-mate Augusto Farfus. Again the session was incredibly close, with 21 cars qualified within the same second.
Andy Priaulx was the first man to set a credible provisional pole, completing a lap in 1:37.061 nine minutes into the session. A few moments later James Thompson and Jorg Muller swoopped together on the finish line: the Briton set a provisional pole at 1:36.620, with the German second fastest with a time of 1:36.635.
Tiago Monteiro promoted himself to third with a lap in 1:36.657, but immediately afterwards Yvan Muller drove his turbo-diesel SEAT to a new provisional pole at 1:36.302.
Jorg Muller and Farfus responded to the Frenchman with laps in 1:36.353 and 1:36.558 which were good for second and third for the time being.
Then the session was disrupted by the red flag with only six minutes remaining, after Michel Jourdain's SEAT hit the tyres at Turn nine
When qualifying resumed many drivers tried a last shot to the pole. Pierre-Yves Corthals set the seventh fastest time and best of the Independents, but he was soon beaten by Colciago's 1:36.305 that provisionally placed the SEAT Sport Italia's man in second.
Eventually Tarquini settled the matter for good, clocking a 1:36.291 to claim his first pole position of the season and the second consecutive for SEAT after Tiago Monteiro's in Sweden.
OSCHERSLEBEN QUALIFYING QUOTESGabriele
"It was a good time and also good timing. Sometimes in the previous qualifying I was among the top three at the beginning of the session and then I lost some positions. This time I waited until the last five minutes as I had realised that the track was getting faster and faster. I put on a new set of tyres, waited until the very end and didn't find any traffic. In these conditions was quite easy to claim pole position."
"Of course I'm a little bit disappointed to lose pole position at the end by only one hundredth of a second. Previously this season I had already lost pole position to James Thompson in Valencia; this time it is better, because I lost it to another SEAT driver. In the morning practice I was not happy with the car, so I asked the team to change a few things. But I did not expect to make the top-three."
"I'm really happy because this was my best qualifying result so far in the season. And I'm even happier because I don't have any grid penalty to pay like in Sweden. I really hope to achieve some good results in tomorrow's races. Although I don't want to make any special predictions..."
Jaime PUIG -- SEAT Sport Director
"We are very proud with these results, because we have placed one petrol-powered car one diesel-powered car and one independent car on top of the qualifying sheet. This proved that we have worked very well on all the fronts and also that we deliver to the independent teams cars that are equally competitive to those of the works team."