Yvan Muller became the first World Touring Car driver to take two pole positions in 2010
The championship leader was fastest of the three Chevrolets, which dominated Saturday afternoon's qualifying at Brands Hatch.
Muller flew off the road at Paddock Hill Bend on his first effort, but had time to return to the pits and regroup for another go. He went back out late on and set a time two tenths of a second better than Rob Huff's best, with Alain Menu completed the trio another tenth back.
Colin Turkington will start from the second row of the grid after his excellent performance earned him fourth place.
Reigning and former champions Gabriele Tarquini and Andy Priaulx will share the third row, ahead of Tom Coronel and Tiago Monteiro's Leons.
Norbert Michelisz and Augusto Farfus qualified ninth and 10th, while independent racer Franz Engstler was 11th fastst in the normally 10-car Q2 shootout.
Coronel looked to have been eliminated in Q1, lying 11th at the end of the session, but he was given another chance when 11 cars were waved through to the top 10 shootout.
Robert Dahlgren's Volvo, which is not eligible for points, was lying inside the top 10 during Q1. It was decided that an extra car would be allowed through with it, but the plan was not changed when Dahlgren was bumped out in the closing seconds.
The SUNRED SEATs of Jordi Gene, Fredy Barth and Michel Nykjaer did miss out on a spot in Q2, as did Caca Bueno in the fourth Cruze.
Pos Driver Car Q1 Q2 1. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 1m32.658s 1m32.481s 2. Rob Huff Chevrolet 1m32.922s 1m32.678s 3. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1m33.128s 1m32.828s 4. Colin Turkington BMW 1m33.306s 1m32.842s 5. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1m33.157s 1m32.873s 6. Andy Priaulx BMW 1m33.239s 1m32.973s 7. Tom Coronel SEAT 1m33.549s 1m33.176s 8. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1m33.272s 1m33.257s 9. Norbert Michelisz SEAT 1m33.441s 1m33.261s 10. Augusto Farfus BMW 1m33.448s 1m33.337s 11. Franz Engstler BMW 1m33.454s 1m35.164s 12. Robert Dahlgren Volvo 1m33.579s 13. Jordi Gene SEAT 1m33.588s 14. Fredy Barth SEAT 1m33.803s 15. Kristian Poulsen BMW 1m33.803s 16. Darryl O'Young Chevrolet 1m33.911s 17. Caca Bueno Chevrolet 1m34.122s 18. Tom Boardman SEAT 1m34.409s 19. Michel Nykjaer SEAT 1m34.419s 20. Stefano D'Aste BMW 1m34.437s 21. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1m34.594s 22. Mehdi Bennani BMW 1m34.722s 23. Harry Vaulkhard Chevrolet 1m34.736s 24. Tim Coronel BMW no time
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