Zandvoort WTCR: Yvan Muller takes first pole with Cyan's Lynk & Co

Yvan Muller claimed his first pole position in Cyan Racing's Lynk & Co 03 with a stunning lap in Sunday's second World Touring Car Cup qualifying session at Zandvoort

Zandvoort WTCR: Yvan Muller takes first pole with Cyan's Lynk & Co

Muller's pole was his first since he returned to World Touring Cars last year for the start of the WTCR era, and headlined a second Lynk & Co top three qualifying lockout of the weekend.

NEWS UPDATE: Overboost deletion costs Muller pole

The four-time World Touring Car champion, who has qualified second on three previous occasions this season, set the fastest time in all three sectors on his Q3 shootout run to record a 1m44.154s.

That was 0.074 seconds slower than team-mate Thed Bjork managed in Saturday's first session, but Bjork's effort was set before a Balance of Performance revision that reduced the Lynk & Co's engine power back to 97.5%.

Muller's nephew Yann Ehrlacher ended up second, though his effort of 1m44.597s was still more than four tenths slower than his uncle's pole position time.

Bjork had looked on course to continue his domination of the weekend after setting the pace in the first and second parts of qualifying, but forfeited more than three tenths in the first sector on his shootout run and could not match Muller over the rest of the lap.

The race one winner did however recover time in the final sector to beat the leading BRC Racing Hyundai i30 N of Norbert Michelisz to third, while Augusto Farfus made the top-five shootout for the first time to score a bonus point.

A late improvement from Ehrlacher in Q2 denied Mikel Azcona a place in Q3 by just three thousandths of second.

The PWR Cupra driver qualified sixth as a result, ahead of the third BRC Hyundai of Nicky Catsburg and Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI pair Johan Kristoffersson and Benjamin Leuchter.

Munnich Motorsport pair Esteban Guerrieri and Nestor Girolami fared better than they had in Saturday's qualifying session, but it is Guerrieri who will start Sunday's races far better off.

Guerrieri, who replaced his team-mate at the head of the points standings after race one, secured 10th place with his fastest lap in Q2 and with it pole position for the reversed-grid race.

Girolami did improve on his final run in his Honda Civic Type R, but fell four thousandths shy of Guerrieri's time and will instead share the sixth row of the grid in both races with Rob Huff (SLR VW).

Andy Priaulx started Saturday's first race third, but the fourth Lynk & Co driver was the biggest name to fall in the first part of Sunday qualifying.

The three-time World Touring Car champion was consigned to a Q1 exit when Cyan ran out of time to send him out for a final lap while making adjustments to his car, meaning Priaulx will start both of Sunday's races from 17th.

Reigning champion Gabriele Tarquini (BRC Racing Hyundai) was also knocked out in Q1 and will start both races 14th, one place ahead of the lead Audi RS3 LMS of WRT driver Jean-Karl Vernay.

Kevin Ceccon was 0.602s off the Q1 pace in the lead Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta but that was only good enough for 19th, while Gordon Shedden propped up the times in his WRT Audi, and was the only driver more than a second off the pace in Q1.

Race two starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda
2 Benjamin Leuchter SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen
3 Johan Kristoffersson SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen
4 Nicky Catsburg BRC Racing Team Hyundai
5 Mikel Azcona PWR Racing Cupra
6 Yvan Muller Cyan Racing Lynk & Co
7 Augusto Farfus BRC Racing Team Hyundai
8 Norbert Michelisz BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai
9 Thed Bjork Cyan Racing Lynk & Co
10 Yann Ehrlacher Cyan Performance Lynk & Co
11 Nestor Girolami Munnich Motorsport Honda
12 Rob Huff SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen
13 Aurelien Panis Comtoyou Cupra Cupra
14 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai
15 Jean-Karl Vernay WRT Audi
16 Mehdi Bennani SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen
17 Andy Priaulx Cyan Performance Lynk & Co
18 Niels Langeveld Comtoyou Audi Audi
19 Kevin Ceccon Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo
20 Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Audi Audi
21 Attila Tassi KCMG Honda
22 Daniel Haglof PWR Racing Cupra
23 Tiago Monteiro KCMG Honda
24 Ma Qinghua Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo
25 Tom Coronel Comtoyou Cupra Cupra
26 Gordon Shedden WRT Audi

Race three starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Yann Ehrlacher Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 1m44.597s -
2 Thed Bjork Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 1m44.656s 0.059s
3 Norbert Michelisz BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai 1m44.734s 0.137s
4 Augusto Farfus BRC Racing Team Hyundai 1m46.233s 1.636s
5 Yvan Muller Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 1m44.154s -0.443
6 Mikel Azcona PWR Racing Cupra 1m44.872s -
7 Nicky Catsburg BRC Racing Team Hyundai 1m44.895s -
8 Johan Kristoffersson SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen 1m44.997s -
9 Benjamin Leuchter SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen 1m45.005s -
10 Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda 1m45.081s -
11 Nestor Girolami Munnich Motorsport Honda 1m45.085s -
12 Rob Huff SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen 1m45.214s -
13 Aurelien Panis Comtoyou Cupra Cupra 1m45.398s -
14 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai 1m45.441s -
15 Jean-Karl Vernay WRT Audi 1m45.455s -
16 Mehdi Bennani SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen 1m45.461s -
17 Andy Priaulx Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 1m45.462s -
18 Niels Langeveld Comtoyou Audi Audi 1m45.509s -
19 Kevin Ceccon Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1m45.516s -
20 Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Audi Audi 1m45.535s -
21 Attila Tassi KCMG Honda 1m45.594s -
22 Daniel Haglof PWR Racing Cupra 1m45.616s -
23 Tiago Monteiro KCMG Honda 1m45.791s -
24 Ma Qinghua Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1m45.797s -
25 Tom Coronel Comtoyou Cupra Cupra 1m45.871s -
26 Gordon Shedden WRT Audi 1m45.956s -


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