Yvan Muller shrugged off Citroen's weight gain to qualify on pole position for the third round of the World Touring Car Championship season after Jose Maria Lopez scuppered his best lap with a mistake.

The defending champion, having dominated in the wet free practice, looked on course to make it three pole positions in a row when he made a mistake on the final corner, losing him enough time to end up third.

As such, Muller will lead an all-French front-row of himself and Campos Chevrolet's Hugo Valente, who was the only non-Citroen driver to make it through to the final stage of qualifying.

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Indeed, Citroen's dominant start to the 2015 season may have endowed it with more success ballast in Hungary, but it wouldn't show as Lopez secured third, ahead of team-mates Sebastien Loeb and Ma Qing Hua.

A disappointing session for Honda after Gabriele Tarquini was dumped out of Q1, Tiago Monteiro saved some face in sixth place, while Rob Huff put LADA in a good position for points by qualifying a season-best seventh in the developing Vesta.

Tom Coronel, Tom Chilton and Norbert Michelisz round out the top ten, the latter delighting the home crowd by assuring himself of pole position for the second race.