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WTCC Hungary 2013: Muller secures pole

4 May 2013

Yvan Muller has taken pole position at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest just over a third of a second ahead of his closest WTCC rival.

Muller in his RML Chevrolet Cruze completely obliterated the rest of the field - and his own qualifying lap record from last season – with a time of 1 minute 53.426 seconds. It was recorded on his first Q2 run, and eased him to his second pole position of the season after his marvellous effort in Monza. Muller described his run as his 'best lap so far this year'.

Joining him on the front row is Norbert Michelisz, who put together a superb lap in front of his home crowd to the joy of his Hungarian team, Zengo Motorsport. Team principal, Zoltan Zengo was seen jumping for joy after the session had finished. 'Norby' also qualifies as top Honda.

The second row is taken up by the factory Castrol JAS Honda Civic's of Gabriele Tarquini in third and Tiago Monteiro in fourth, the former coming out on top by less than a tenth of a second.

Taking fifth, sixth and seventh on the grid were Tom Coronel, Tom Chilton and James Nash. Coronel led the way for BMW, while Nash was the top independent.

Rob Huff - the only SEAT to make it through to Q2 – secures eighth while Mehdi Bennani in his ProTeam BMW and Alex MacDowall rounded out the top ten.

Michel Nykjaer and Freddy Barth meanwhile never really got a good lap in for Q2 and line up eleventh and twelfth respectively.

Of the drivers who didn't make it into Q2, surprisingly, Pepe Oriola was unable to progress in his tuenti Racing SEAT but he was faster than Franz Engstler and Stefano D'Aste in their BMW's in 14th and 15th.

James Thompson, who raced here last year in his LADA Granta, had a disappointing time and could do no better than 16th, ahead of BMW drivers, Darryl O'Young in 17th and Charles Ng who had to settle for 18th.

A trio of SEAT Leon's make up 19th to 21st on the grid. Fernando Monje bettering the luckless Tom Boardman and a qualifying lower than usual Marc Basseng.

Mikhail Kozlovskiy got the better of Campos SUNRED Racing newcomer, Hugo Valente with Rene Munnich qualifying last and rounding off a miserable day for SEAT.

by Dexter Fielding