Jorg Muller Fastest but Not on Pole

Jorg Muller did all he could by qualifying on pole position for the first World Touring Car race at Oschersleben tomorrow, but he will have to start eleventh because of a penalty from the last round at Spa

Jorg Muller Fastest but Not on Pole

The German driver was docked ten grid places after a final lap accident with August Farfus Jr. The latter was excluded for his part in the incident, but his appeal will be heard after Oschersleben.

Jorg Muller, carrying 45kg less ballast than his teammate following a bad round at Spa, was more than a tenth quicker than reigning British Touring Car Champion James Thompson who inherits the pole position.

Thompson's Alfa Romeo teammate Augusto Farfus Jr qualified third, ahead of Andy Priaulx's BMW who put in a strong performance despite carrying the maximum ballast.

Championship leader Dirk Muller qualified eighth, also carrying the maximum ballast, ahead of Jordi Gene, who managed a top ten qualifying position with the new SEAT Leon.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos  Driver               Car                  Time              Laps
 1.  Jorg Muller          BMW 320i             1:31.772           14
 2.  James Thompson       Alfa Romeo 156       1:31.926 + 0.154   12
 3.  Augusto Farfus Jr.   Alfa Romeo 156       1:31.949 + 0.177    9
 4.  Andy Priaulx         BMW 320i             1:32.053 + 0.281   10
 5.  Gabriele Tarquini    Alfa Romeo 156       1:32.150 + 0.378    8
 6.  Rickard Rydell       SEAT Toledo Cupra    1:32.239 + 0.467   10
 7.  Stephane Ortelli     SEAT Toledo Cupra    1:32.294 + 0.522    8
 8.  Peter Terting        SEAT Toledo Cupra    1:32.459 + 0.687   12
 9.  Dirk Muller          BMW 320i             1:32.460 + 0.688   10
10.  Jordi Gene           SEAT Leon            1:32.489 + 0.717   10
11.  Thomas Klenke        Ford Focus           1:32.717 + 0.945   11
12.  Fabrizio Giovanardi  Alfa Romeo 156       1:32.734 + 0.962   11
13.  Alain Menu           Chevrolet Lacetti    1:32.764 + 0.992   12
14.  Antonio Garcia       BMW 320i             1:32.845 + 1.073   11
15.  Alessandro Zanardi   BMW 320i             1:32.993 + 1.221   13
16.  Michael Funke        Ford Focus           1:33.014 + 1.242   10
17.  Giuseppe Ciro        BMW 320i             1:33.126 + 1.354   11
18.  Robert Huff          Chevrolet Lacetti    1:33.154 + 1.382   14
19.  Marc Hennerici       BMW 320i             1:33.179 + 1.407   14
20.  Nicola Larini        Chevrolet Lacetti    1:33.300 + 1.528   13
21.  Tom Coronel          SEAT Toledo Cupra    1:33.333 + 1.561   14
22.  Stefano D'aste       BMW 320i             1:33.437 + 1.665   12
23.  Adriano De Micheli   Honda Accord Euro R  1:33.453 + 1.681   13
24.  Carl Rosenblad       BMW 320i             1:33.502 + 1.730   13
25.  Valle Makela         SEAT Toledo Cupra    1:33.602 + 1.830   14
26.  Eric Helary          Peugeot 407          1:33.924 + 2.152   12
27.  Sascha Ploderl       Ford Focus ST170     1:34.921 + 3.149   13
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