Muller secures third pole position
The Citroën claimed another 1-2-3 result in qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps in the WTCC. Yvan Muller, Sébastien Loeb and José María López were in a league of their own and inflicted huge gaps to the rest of the field. The three of them were able to complete perfect Q3 laps and the fight for pole position was decided by fractions of a second.
Eventually Muller was even more prefect than his team-mates, beating Loeb by 0.145, while López was classified third a further 0.045 adrift. Hugo Valente showed once again to be on a fast learning curve and qualified his Campos Chevrolet in fourth – although one second off the pace – beating Gabriele Tarquini’s Honda Civic.
Surprisingly Moscow winner Ma Qing Hua set only the 14th time; the first-ever time this season a Citroën did not make it to Q2. Rob Huff was the quickest Lada in 13th and immediately departed again for the Nürburgring. Franz Engstler again qualified on pole for the TC2T class. Thiago Monteiro finished in sixth but will start in 11th because of his 5-place Moscow penalty. Gianni Morbidelli will start Race 2 from pole position after qualifying Q2 in tenth.