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Farfus leads all-BMW front row

Augusto Farfus and Andy PriaulxAugusto 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
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