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Citroen continues to dominate the World Touring Car Championship heading into the third round of the 2014 season, with Yvan Muller leading a 1-2-3 in qualifying at the Hungaroring.
Though the addition of success ballast to the Citroen C-Elysee trio – which has won all four races so far this year - had suggested closer competition for round three, Muller, Jose Maria Lopez and Sebastien Loeb would still prove the force in qualifying around the tight, twisty Hungarian circuit.
Even so, a battle for the top spot remained, with Muller just getting the nod over Lopez by a mere four hundredths of a second for his second pole position of the season, having inherited the leading spot at Paul Ricard from the demoted Loeb.
Loeb heads up row two, just ahead of Tiago Monteiro, who – along with fifth place Gabriele Tarquini – at least showed Honda are closing on their rivals in the fight for factory honours.
Mehdi Bennani made it three Civics inside the top six in sixth, ahead of gaggle of Chevrolet Cruzes, headed up by Tom Chilton, Tom Coronel – racing again after heavy damage forced him to skip the French round -, Gianni Morbidelli, Dusan Borkovic and Hugo Valente.
Local hero Norbert Michelisz – who had been on a par with the factory Honda drivers in practice – will start a disappointing 12th after the Hungarian made a mistake and failed to set a time.
In the TC2 class, Pasquale di Sabatino starts from 'pole' for the first time, ahead of Franz Engstler and Yukinori Taniguchi, the Japanese driver making his seasonal debut in the NIKA Honda Civic.