Menu elevated to race two pole

The World Touring Car Championship organisers have confirmed that Alain Menu will jump from 11th on the Curitiba race two grid as a result of the penalty handed to Fredy Barth

Menu elevated to race two pole

Under the 2011 rules, the race two starting order is set by the Q1 result with the top 10 reversed. Chevrolet driver Menu had been aiming to drive slowly enough to take the crucial 10th place, but missed his target and ended up 11th.

However Barth, whose SUNRED SEAT was ninth-quickest in Q1 and therefore on course for a front row race two start, has been put the back of the grid for both races for twice missing twice a red light at the weighing bay. The officials have now confirmed that Menu will be promoted to 10th in the final results of Q1, and therefore pole for the second race, with Michel Nykjaer finding himself demoted to second.

Hong Kong driver Darryl O'Young has joined Barth in receiving a post-qualifying penalty. The bamboo Engineering driver will be demoted from 15th to 19th after the team was ruled to have worked on O'Young's Chevrolet Lacetti under parc ferme conditions.

Independent BMW driver Franz Engstler has had his fastest lap time disallowed from the Q2 results for straight-lining a chicane. However, this did not affect the German's 10th position.

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