Gene Gets First Pole for New Leon

Jordi Gene delighted his home fans by taking the first ever WTCC pole position for the new SEAT Leon at Valencia in Spain on Saturday

Gene Gets First Pole for New Leon

The Spaniard topped the timesheets early in the session with a one minute 43.067 seconds lap and, although that time would have been good enough to keep him on top, he eventually bettered it on his final lap with a one minute 42.778 seconds.

Gene's teammate Peter Terting set the second fastest time to secure an all SEAT front row, while Dirk Muller boosted his championship ambitions with the third quickest time with an effort right near the end of the session.

Muller's main title rivals had a torrid session however, with Alfa Romeo's Fabrizio Giovanardi down in 13th on the grid and series leader Andy Priaulx down in 15th.

Pos  Driver     Car     Time    Laps 1.  Jordi Gene    SEAT Leon    1:42.778    5  2.  Peter Terting    SEAT Leon    1:43.093 + 0.315 8  3.  Dirk Muller    BMW 320i    1:43.277 + 0.499 10  4.  Robert Huff    Chevrolet Lacetti  1:43.295 + 0.517 11  5.  Rickard Rydell  SEAT Leon    1:43.326 + 0.548 7  6.  Augusto Farfus Jr.  Alfa Romeo 156    1:43.361 + 0.583 11  7.  Jorg Muller    BMW 320i    1:43.487 + 0.709 11  8.  Gabriele Tarquini  Alfa Romeo 156    1:43.598 + 0.820 11  9.  Antonio Garcia  BMW 320i    1:43.599 + 0.821 13  10.  Nicola Larini    Chevrolet Lacetti  1:43.695 + 0.917 9  11.  Tom Coronel    SEAT Toledo Cupra  1:43.716 + 0.938 10  12.  Alain Menu    Chevrolet Lacetti  1:43.749 + 0.971 10  13.  Fabrizio Giovanardi  Alfa Romeo 156  1:43.777 + 0.999 11  14.  Stephane Ortelli    SEAT Toledo Cupra  1:43.853 + 1.075 10  15.  Andy Priaulx    BMW 320i    1:43.880 + 1.102 12  16.  Adriano De Micheli  Honda Accord Euro R  1:43.969 + 1.191 9  17.  Carl Rosenblad    BMW 320i    1:44.145 + 1.367 11  18.  Thomas Klenke    Ford Focus    1:44.211 + 1.433 11  19.  Marc Carol    SEAT Toledo Cupra  1:44.245 + 1.467 12  20.  Michael Funke    Ford Focus    1:44.287 + 1.509 12  21.  Alessandro Zanardi  BMW 320i    1:44.394 + 1.616 12  22.  Tomas Engstrom    Honda Accord Euro R  1:44.454 + 1.676 14  23.  James Thompson    Alfa Romeo 156    1:44.925 + 2.147 11  24.  Stefano D'aste    BMW 320i    1:44.946 + 2.168 12  25.  Marc Hennerici    BMW 320i    1:45.007 + 2.229 9  26.  Giuseppe Ciro    BMW 320i    1:45.072 + 2.294 11  27.  Polo Villaamil    SEAT Toledo Cupra  1:45.499 + 2.721 10  
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