Priaulx takes Dubai pole

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

Priaulx takes Dubai pole

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

shares
comments
Chevrolet signs Menu

Previous article

Chevrolet signs Menu

Next article

Race 1: Tarquini triumphs

Race 1: Tarquini triumphs
Load comments
Why joker laps are entering the mainstream Plus

Why joker laps are entering the mainstream

This season the World Touring Car Championship looks certain to bring joker laps to a circuit-racing world championship for the first time. And it need not be the daft gimmick people may think

WTCC
Apr 6, 2017
The making of the world's best tin-top driver Plus

The making of the world's best tin-top driver

He has been overshadowed at Citroen for the last three seasons, but the retirement of Yvan Muller means the world says farewell to one of touring-car racing's finest talents

WTCC
Sep 26, 2016
Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC Plus

Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC

Volvo gave the World Touring Car Championship a major boost when it announced it would enter the series, but its ambitions don't stop there. JACK COZENS examines its programme, the S60 and what its arrival means for the WTCC

WTCC
Jan 18, 2016
The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off Plus

The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off

A 17-car field on a 13-mile track - the WTCC's Nurburgring Nordschleife gamble wasn't going to be easy to pull off. STUART CODLING explains how the series made it work

WTCC
May 20, 2015
Insight from a Nordschleife master Plus

Insight from a Nordschleife master

World championship racing returns to the Nordschleife this weekend. STUART CODLING got a lesson from one of the legendary track's few masters

WTCC
May 15, 2015
Becoming world champion for £100k Plus

Becoming world champion for £100k

The 2012 World Touring Car champion says he never had the money to race cars. Yet 2015 is his 11th season in the WTCC. He talks STUART CODLING through his journey from motorsport fan to paid professional - for little more than £100,000

WTCC
Mar 23, 2015
Can the vanquished champion bounce back? Plus

Can the vanquished champion bounce back?

The World Touring Car Championship kicks off in Argentina this weekend, and Yvan Muller bids to reclaim his throne from Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez. He talks to STUART CODLING

WTCC
Mar 6, 2015
The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014 Plus

The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014

Citroen had no rivals during the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, and 'rookie' Jose Maria Lopez hit the ground running to emerge as a worthy champion. PETER MILLS rates the field

WTCC
Dec 3, 2014