Lopez claims his fourth pole
José María López signed his fourth pole position of the WTCC season in an extremely warm afternoon at his home track in Termas de Río Hondo. The Argentine was fastest in Q2 and Q3, eventually setting the quickest time of 1:43.766, beating his team mates Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb, who both did some small mistakes in their decisive attempts, by over four tenths of a second.
Behind the Citroën trio, the Honda cars showed good form although they could have hoped in better results after free practices. The fastest among the Japanese cars was Norbert Michelisz’s despite the Hungarian having missed the testing session on Friday because of an adventurous plane travel from Europe. Tiago Monteiro was fifth, with Gabriele Tarquini and Mehdi Bennani in the top eight as well.
Tom Chilton was the fastest Chevrolet RML driver, while Rob Huff, who made it to Q2 with the Lada Granta, will start from the pole in Race 2 by virtue of his tenth fastest time in Q2. Franz Engstler repeated himself in the TC2 category, taking yet another class pole.