Brno: Huff secures his first pole of the season

Tarquini on the front row, Turkington third

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By Franck Drui

31 July 2010 - 16:05
Brno: Huff secures his first pole (...)

Britain’s Rob Huff (2:10.860) scored his first pole position since Macau last year making no mistakes on his final lap to finish 0.338s ahead of reigning champion Gabriele Tarquini (2:11.198) at Brno.

Colin Turkington will start as best of the independents in third overall for Race 1 in Brno, while Norbert Michelisz (2:11.436) topped the rookies in sixth overall.

Q1 – Rob Huff led the times as the WTCC cars were making steady progress during the first qualifying session until Fabio Fabiani continued his bad day ending beached in the gravel at T5 for the second time this weekend. The red flag came out as his car was moved out of danger while Gabriele Tarquini, Jordi Gené and Tom Coronel were yet to set a fast lap.

With 10-minutes remaining the session restarted and the field headed back on track. Huff remained at the top with Tarquini, Menu, Muller, Gené, Farfus, Turkington, Coronel, Michelisz and Nykjær going through into Q2.

Andy Priaulx (2:11.761) missed the cut by 0.011s from the Danish rookie with Tiago Monteiro (2:11.994) also struggling and qualifying in 14th.

Q2 – The drivers left it late in the 10-minute session but it only took one flying lap for Britain’s Rob Huff to secure his first pole position of the season ahead of reigning champion, Tarquini. Turkington was the fastest BMW driver for the second time this season finishing in third overall, just 0.007s adrift of the Italian.

With the whole field only recording one quick lap each it was Augusto Farfus (2:11.260) to claim fourth position with Alain Menu (2:11.360) in fifth.

Michelisz and Nykjær were left to fight it out in the Rookie Challenge during Q2 with Michelisz coming out to qualify sixth and Nykjær (2:11.826) tenth.

Tom Coronel (2:11.528) fast lap was good enough for seventh ahead of championship leader Yvan Muller (2:11.542) and Gené (2:11.745).

Pos. Driver Car Q1 time Q2 time
01 R. Huff Chevrolet Cruze 2m10.611s 2m10.860s
02 G. Tarquini Seat Leon TDI 2m10.666s 2m11.198s
03 C. Turkington BMW 320si 2m11.179s 2m11.205s
04 A. Farfus BMW 320si 2m11.111s 2m11.260s
05 A. Menu Chevrolet Cruze 2m10.678s 2m11.360s
06 N. Michelisz Seat Leon TDI 2m11.601s 2m11.436s
07 T. Coronel Seat Leon TDI 2m11.498s 2m11.528s
08 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 2m10.885s 2m11.542s
09 J. Gene Seat Leon TDI 2m11.009s 2m11.745s
10 M. Nykjaer Seat Leon TDI 2m11.750s 2m11.826s
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11 A. Priaulx BMW 320si 2m11.761s
12 K. Poulsen BMW 320si 2m11.798s
13 S. Hernandez BMW 320si 2m11.833s
14 T. Monteiro Seat Leon TDI 2m11.994s
15 D. O’Young Chevrolet Lacetti 2m12.093s
16 F. Barth Seat Leon TDI 2m12.180s
17 M. Bennani BMW 320si 2m12.496s
18 S. D’Aste BMW 320si 2m12.617s
19 F. Engstler BMW 320si 2m12.658s
20 H. Vaulkhard Chevrolet Lacetti 2m13.007s
21 A. Romanov BMW 320si 2m13.989s
22 F. Fabiani BMW 320si
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