Farfus leads all-BMW front row
|By Steven English||Saturday, March 21st 2009, 23:15 GMT|
Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx secured an all-BMW front row for the first of this weekend's World Touring Car races at Puebla.
SEAT's drivers had set the pace throughout the practice sessions, but in the decisive Q2 both Farfus and Priaulx lapped more than a second quicker than they had at any other stage of the weekend.
Farfus was surprised to take pole and doesn't expect that his qualifying speed will necessarily translate into race pace.
"We didn't expect pole, our target was just to make Q2," Farfus said. "It will be tough, we know we are not the quickest cars so it doesn't mean that we are going to win the race, we will have to see tomorrow."
Gabriele Tarquini was less than a tenth slower than Priaulx and will start third, but he and his SEAT his team-mates, Rickard Rydell, Yvan Muller and Tiago Monteiro, made smaller improvements to their practice pace than their BMW rivals.
Jorg Muller will start seventh ahead of lead independent Felix Porteiro, with Jordi Gene and Sergio Hernandez rounding out the top 10 after making mistakes on their flying laps in Q2.
Nicola Larini will start as the top Chevrolet in 11th place, having missed out on a place in Q2 by just 0.018 seconds. He will share the sixth row with Alex Zanardi, just ahead of Chevrolet pair Rob Huff and Alain Menu.
Pos Driver Car Q1 Q2 1. Augusto Farfus BMW 1:37.981 1:37.682 2. Andy Priaulx BMW 1:38.230 1:37.727 3. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1:38.047 1:37.793 4. Rickard Rydell SEAT 1:38.411 1:37.874 5. Yvan Muller SEAT 1:38.386 1:37.924 6. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1:38.698 1:38.213 7. Jorg Muller BMW 1:38.375 1:38.287 8. Felix Porteiro BMW 1:38.872 1:38.525 9. Jordi Gene SEAT 1:38.250 1:38.749 10. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1:38.434 1:38.952 11. Nicola Larini Chevrolet 1:38.890 12. Alex Zanardi BMW 1:39.174 13. Robert Huff Chevrolet 1:39.294 14. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1:39.400 15. Tom Coronel SEAT 1:39.551 16. Stefano D'Aste BMW 1:39.745 17. Kristian Poulsen BMW 1:39.832 18. Franz Engstler BMW 1:40.296 19. Marin Colak SEAT 1:40.346 20. Tom Boardman SEAT 1:40.436 21. George Tanev BMW 1:40.795 22. Viktor Shapovalov Lada 1:41.249 23. Kirill Ladygin Lada 1:41.611 24. Jaap van Lagen Lada 1:42.089