Jorg Muller Takes Magny-Cours Pole

The BMW Team Deutschland grabbed today their second consecutive WTCC pole position, this time with Jorg Muller taking the top spot at Magny Cours, for the second event - and third round - of the 2005 season

Jorg Muller Takes Magny-Cours Pole

Muller, setting a time of one minute and 49.486 seconds, will start alongside SEAT's Rickard Rydell. Augusto Farfus claimed third position for Alfa Romeo, after beating by only one thousandth of a second Briton BMW UK's Andy Priaulx.

The qualifying session ended with debutant Frank Diefenbacher crashing heavily into the barriers of the French track, substantially damaging his Ford Focus. He was taken to a Nevers hospital for a precautionary check-up.

Alex Zanardi, for BMW Italy, was unable to set a time better than fourteenth, after his car stopped on track with gearbox problems, just minutes before the qualifying session was over.

WTCC Round 3: Magny-Cours Qualifying Results

Pos  Driver               Team                     Time
 1.  Jorg Muller          BMW Team Deutschland     1:49.486
 2.  Rickard Rydell       SEAT Sport               1:49.824 + 0.338
 3.  Augusto Farfus jr.   Alfa Romeo Racing Team   1:49.864 + 0.378
 4.  Andy Priaulx         BMW Team UK              1:49.865 + 0.379
 5.  Gabriele Tarquini    Alfa Romeo Racing Team   1:49.985 + 0.499
 6.  Antonio García       BMW Team Italy-Spain     1:50.048 + 0.562
 7.  Peter Terting        SEAT Sport               1:50.114 + 0.628
 8.  Jordi Gene           SEAT Sport               1:50.132 + 0.646
 9.  Dirk Muller          BMW Team Deutschland     1:50.205 + 0.719
10.  James Thompson       Alfa Romeo Racing Team   1:50.530 + 1.044
11.  Fabrizio Giovanardi  Alfa Romeo Racing Team   1:50.539 + 1.053
12.  Valle Makela         GR Asia                  1:51.250 + 1.764
13.  Roberto Colciago     JAS Motorsport           1:51.292 + 1.806
14.  Alessandro Zanardi   BMW Team Italy-Spain     1:51.311 + 1.825
15.  Alain Menu           Chevrolet                1:51.395 + 1.909
16.  Carl Rosenblad       Crawford Racing          1:51.449 + 1.963
17.  Alessandro Balzan    Alessandro Balzan        1:51.719 + 2.233
18.  Nicola Larini        Chevrolet                1:51.846 + 2.360
19.  Salvatore Tavano     DB Motorsport            1:51.868 + 2.382
20.  Marc Hennerici       Wiechers-Sport           1:51.938 + 2.452
21.  Andrea Larini        DB Motorsport            1:52.053 + 2.567
22.  Adam Lacko           IEP Team                 1:52.091 + 2.605
23.  Tom Coronel          GR Asia                  1:52.120 + 2.634
24.  Giuseppe Ciro        Proteam Motorsport       1:52.173 + 2.687
25.  Thomas Klenke        Ford Hotfiel Sport       1:52.378 + 2.892
26.  Stefano D'Aste       Proteam Motorsport       1:52.388 + 2.902
27.  Gianluca De Lorenzi  Gianluca De Lorenzi      1:52.653 + 3.167
28.  Adriano De Micheli   JAS Motorsport           1:52.861 + 3.375
29.  Thomas Jager         Ford Hotfiel Sport       1:52.898 + 3.412
30.  Robert Huff          Chevrolet                1:52.972 + 3.486
31.  Frank Diefenbacher   RS-Line IPZ Racing       1:53.436 + 3.950
32.  Stefano Valli        Zerocinque Motorsport    1:54.405 + 4.919
33.  Sascha Ploderl       RS-Line IPZ Racing       1:55.157 + 5.671
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