Yvan Muller scorches to World Touring Car pole position at Valencia

As expected, Yvan Muller kept on hammering his opposition in qualifying at Valencia on Saturday, setting his fourth pole position of the year by almost half a second

Yvan Muller scorches to World Touring Car pole position at Valencia

After heading both free practice sessions earlier on Saturday, Muller produced a 1m42.649s lap to take pole position in his RML-run Chevrolet Cruze. Points leader, Huff will start second, but his 1m43.105s was the best part of a half a second slower.

"Every change we made with the car today was good," said Muller. "Even between runs in qualifying, we improved the car. We've had this race in mind for a month now, and it's worked out exactly as planned."

Huff said: "Yvan is driving really well. Q1 was the first time I've been happy with the balance today, and then in Q2 I was too conservative on the first run and 110 per cent on the second, when I ran wide at the exit of Turn 1."

SEAT's Gabriele Tarquini put a stressful day behind him to claim third on the grid, impressing himself by being on the same tenth of a second as Huff, following serious brake and differential problems. Tiago Monteiro was fourth in the second SUNRED-run Leon, ahead of the first BMW of Tom Coronel (ROAL).

Alain Menu was sixth in the third Chevy, just ahead of Norbert Michelisz (Zengo BMW) and local hero Javier Villa (Proteam BMW).

Race one grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 1m42.649s 2. Rob Huff Chevrolet 1m43.105s + 0.456s 3. Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED SEAT 1m43.182s + 0.533s 4. Tiago Monteiro SUNRED SEAT 1m43.269s + 0.620s 5. Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 1m43.367s + 0.718s 6. Alain Menu Chevrolet 1m43.387s + 0.738s 7. Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 1m43.731s + 1.082s 8. Javier Villa Proteam BMW 1m43.759s + 1.110s 9. Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 1m44.077s + 1.428s 10. Michel Nykjaer SUNRED SEAT 1m44.836s + 2.187s 11. Pepe Oriola SUNRED SEAT 1m44.614s Q1 12. Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 1m44.734s Q1 13. Darryl O'Young Bamboo Chevrolet 1m44.741s Q1 14. David Sigacev KK BMW 1m44.768s Q1 15. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT 1m44.849s Q1 16. Stefano D'Aste Wiechers BMW 1m44.905s Q1 17. Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo 1m45.082s Q1 18. Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet 1m45.096s Q1 19. Aleksei Dudukalo SUNRED SEAT 1m45.113s Q1 20. Fabio Fabiani Proteam BMW 2m04.283s Q1 21. Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW Q1 Race two grid: 1. Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 2. Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 3. Michel Nykjaer SUNRED SEAT 4. Javier Villa Proteam BMW 5. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 6. Tiago Monteiro SUNRED SEAT 7. Rob Huff Chevrolet 8. Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 9. Alain Menu Chevrolet 10. Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED SEAT 11. Pepe Oriola SUNRED SEAT 12. Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 13. Darryl O'Young Bamboo Chevrolet 14. David Sigacev KK BMW 15. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT 16. Stefano D'Aste Wiechers BMW 17. Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo 18. Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet 19. Aleksei Dudukalo SUNRED SEAT 20. Fabio Fabiani Proteam BMW 21. Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW Race one grid = Top 10: Q2 results. From 11th: Q1 results Race two grid = Top 10 is Q1 top 10 reversed. From 11th: Q1 results 
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