Yvan Muller will start the sixth round of the 2015 World Touring Car Championship from pole position after getting the better of Jose Maria Lopez at the Slovakiaring.

The Frenchman, who is battling to make up ground on Lopez after five rounds, did his bit to nibble away at his Citroen team-mate's overall lead - which now stands at 33 points - kept it tidy around the Slovakian circuit to get the Saturday edge.

Nonetheless, Lopez remains poised alongside him on the front row as Citroen exercised its might over a single lap, while Sebastien Loeb completed a Citroen 1-2-3 as he heads up row two.

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Heading into the race, Citroen's biggest challenge looks destinted to come from LADA as it continued to make up ground with its still-developing Vesta. Fresh from the car's first podium in Russia, Rob Huff starts in fourth place, while Nicky Catsburg was an impressive fifth as he prepares for only his second event in the WTCC.

Perhaps LADA's biggest chance of success will come in race two, however, as tenth in race one for Jaap Van Lagen has landed him pole position, where he will share the front row with Gabriele Tarquini in the Honda.

For race one, Hugo Valente leads the Chevrolet challenge in sixth place, ahead of Ma Qing Hua and Tom Chilton.