Muller broke Lopez's dominance

Citroen driver Yvan Muller will start the first WTCC race at Hungaroring on Sunday from pole position after he proved that he was the fastest in the third qualifying round.

Hugo Valente in Chevrolet had his career’s highest at the second position but will serve a five-place penalty due to an earlier infraction during the free practice. This leaves the points leader Jose Maria Lopez at second position. Sebastien Loeb will start from third, while the fourth of Citroen’s factory team driver Ma Qing Hua will take the remaining place in the second row.

Experienced Italian Gabriele Tarquini had his own ‘dancing in the rain’ in the free practices, but at the start of Q1, he spun his Honda Civic, so the session was red-flagged. Muller was the fastest in that part of the qualifying round, as well as in the second round. The home-crowd favourite Norbert Michelisz finished at 10th position which means he will start from pole position in the second race on Sunday.

In the last qualifying round, a logistical problem in turning around the car in time meant Ma Qing Hua was unable to get out to set his lap. Therefore, he won only one point in this session. Valente won four points despite his penalty because of ignoring yellow flags in Q1. Muller won five points and pole position, while Lopez, the leader of the overall standings added three more points to his credit, while Loeb got two points for fourth best time in Hungary.

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