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Catsburg blasts to surprise Lada pole in wet

Nicky Catsburg has claimed an emphatic first pole in the World Touring Car Championship for both him and LADA.
Nicky Catsburg has claimed an emphatic first pole in the World Touring Car Championship for both him and LADA as the Russian manufacturer dominated a wet qualifying on home turf.

Catsburg produced untouchable palce through difficult conditions, leading both Q1 and Q2 before claiming pole position by 1.438 seconds in shootout.

It was a session which Lada stamped authority all over with Catsburg's team-mates Gabriele Tarquini and Hugo Valente completing a 1-2-3 at Moscow Raceway.

The biggest challenge to LADA came from stand-in driver James Thompson for Munnich Motorsprot, who secured fourth on the grid on his third appearance of the year.

Norbert Michelisz rounded out the top five in the Q3 shootout, as championship leader José María López was forced to take sixth in his Citroen. Tom Coronel was seventh ahead of Yvan Muller, as Mehdi Bennani and Tiago Monteiro completed the top ten starters.



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Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Gabriele Tarquini, Lada, Moscow [Credit: WTCC media]
Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Gabriele Tarquini - LADA Vesta TC1
Tiago Monteiro - Castrol Honda Civic WTCC   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Francois Flammand]
Tiago Monteiro - Castrol Honda Civic WTCC   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Alexandre Guillaumot]
Nicky Catsburg - Lada Sport Vesta
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Alexandre Guillaumot]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing C-Elysee   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Francois Flammand]
Gabriele Tarquini - Lada Sport Vesta   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Alexandre Guillaumot]
Tiago Monteiro - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: DPPI]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: DPPI]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing

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