Gabriele Tarquini took pole position for SEAT in this afternoon's World Touring Car qualifying session at Valencia
Chevrolet had looked the car to beat throughout Saturday's running, but the reigning world champion put together a great lap at the start of Q2 to give the Spanish manufacturer pole on its home turf.
Rob Huff will join Tarquini on the front row for the rolling start, with the Chevrolets of championship leader Yvan Muller and Alain Menu behind.
SEATs filled the next two rows with Tiago Monteiro and Tom Coronel ahead of Jordi Gene and Fredy Barth, though Coronel will drop down the grid because of a 10-place penalty for an engine change.
The BMWs of Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx were a distant ninth and 10th.
Priaulx had only just made it into Q2 after Michel Nykjaer missed out on his 10th spot by just 0.026s.
Norbert Michelisz also missed Q2 after the engine blew in his SEAT Leon in the final minutes of Q1.
Pos Driver Car Q1 Q2 1. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1'44.727 1:44.111 2. Rob Huff Chevrolet 1'44.937 1:44.193 3. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 1'44.922 1:44.258 4. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1'44.710 1:44.439 5. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1'44.869 1:44.468 6. Tom Coronel SEAT 1'44.789 1:44.525 (+10 places) 7. Jordi Gene SEAT 1'44.897 1:44.773 8. Fredy Barth SEAT 1'44.604 1:45.070 9. Augusto Farfus BMW 1'44.823 1:45.205 10. Andy Priaulx BMW 1'45.313 1:45.416 11. Michel Nykjaer SEAT 1:45.339 12. Kristian Poulsen BMW 1:45.607 13. Norbert Michelisz SEAT 1:45.741 14. Marc Carol SEAT 1:45.837 15. Darryl O'Young Chevrolet 1:46.017 16. Sergio Hernandez BMW 1:46.116 17. Mehdi Bennani BMW 1:46.419 18. Franz Engstler BMW 1:46.717 19. Stefano D'Aste BMW 1:46.783 20. Yukinori Taniguchi Chevrolet 1:46.997 21. Andrey Romanov BMW 1:47.344
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