British European Touring Car Championship title hopeful Andy Priaulx has qualified his RBM BMW on pole for the first of the two-season-concluding races at Dubai
Only Priaulx and fellow BMW drivers Jorg Muller and Dirk Muller can still take the title, with Dirk Muller in comfortably the best points position - 12 ahead of Priaulx and 17 ahead of Jorg with just 20 left on the table.
Priaulx's pole - his first of the season - has come at just the right time though, the Channel Islander blasting to a time over half a second quicker than anyone else could manage in blisteringly hot conditions and around a second better than the Mullers managed in their Schnitzer-run cars.
Better still for Priaulx, the Mullers were off the pace, struggling to find a good set-up and only qualifying ninth (Jorg) and 10th (Dirk). Between the Briton and his German rivals on the grid will be six Alfa Romeos and a SEAT.
Alfa privateer Luca Rangoni sprung a surprise with second best time, while the factory Alfas fill the next four places with Gabriele Tarquini ahead of James Thompson, Augusto Farfus and Fabrizio Giovanardi.
Andy Priaulx BMW 2m11.688s Luca Rangoni Alfa Romeo 2m12.194s Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo 2m12.205s James Thompson Alfa Romeo 2m12.270s Augusto Farfus Alfa Romeo 2m12.282s Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo 2m12.510s Rickard Rydell SEAT 2m12.584s Salvatore Tavano Alfa Romeo 2m12.608s Jorg Muller BMW 2m12.615s Dirk Muller BMW 2m12.771s
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