Late rain helps Tarquini to Zolder pole

Gabriele Tarquini will start Sunday's first World Touring Car race at Zolder from pole position after rain interrupted today's qualifying session

Late rain helps Tarquini to Zolder pole

The reigning world champion was fastest on the first runs in the 10-minute Q2 shootout. Rain less than five minutes from the end prevented anyone from attempting to improve their time and left Tarquini on top.

Jordi Gene will start alongside his team-mate on the front row, with the Chevrolets of Alain Menu and Yvan Muller on row two.

Rob Huff completes a trio of Cruzes in fifth ahead of Norbert Michelisz's SEAT. The Leons of Fredy Barth and Tiago Monteiro will occupy row five.

BMW was hurt most by the rain. The rear-wheel drive cars can't take two new tyres at a time, so only make one run in Q2 to SEAT and Chevrolet's two. Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus were just beginning their hot laps when the rain started, so their times were ruined.

In Q1, the best times were saved until the end. Menu was quickest, with Monteiro, Priaulx, Tarquini, Michelisz and Farfus all leaving it late to launch themselves into Q2.

Huff was also fortunate to hang in there, pitting after setting the fifth fastest time inside the last two minutes but quickly sliding down to 10th.

Tom Coronel was the first driver to miss out, even though he'd been firmly inside the top six for much of the session.

Belgian Pierre-Yves Corthals was the quickest of the independents in 13th, while the other local driver making a one-off outing on home soil, Vincent Radermecker, will start 16th.

Pos Driver Car Q1 Q2 1. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1m38.999s 1m38.265s 2. Jordi Gene SEAT 1m39.061s 1m38.430s 3. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1m38.840s 1m38.494s 4. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 1m39.037s 1m38.584s 5. Rob Huff Chevrolet 1m39.187s 1m38.779s 6. Norbert Michelisz SEAT 1m39.072s 1m39.072s 7. Fredy Barth SEAT 1m39.151s 1m39.173s 8. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1m38.875s 1m39.255s 9. Andy Priaulx BMW 1m39.030s 1m42.856s 10. Augusto Farfus BMW 1m39.112s 1m52.493s 11. Tom Coronel SEAT 1m39.456s 12. Michel Nykjaer SEAT 1m39.472s 13. Pierre-Yves Corthals SEAT 1m39.610s 14. Darryl O'Young Chevrolet 1m39.824s 15. Kristian Poulsen BMW 1m39.863s 16. Vincent Radermecker Chevrolet 1m40.003s 17. Franz Engstler BMW 1m40.058s 18. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1m40.278s 19. Stefano D'Aste BMW 1m40.287s 20. Harry Vaulkhard Chevrolet 1m40.395s 21. Mehdi Bennani BMW 1m40.738s 22. Andrey Romanov BMW 1m42.934s 
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