Crashes force Q2 to be run on Saturday

Muller fastest in disrupted qualifying

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By Franck D.

19 November 2010 - 11:45
Crashes force Q2 to be run on (...)

The WTCC qualifying session in Macau came to a premature end as darkness fell even before the completion of the 30-minute Q1.

Four red flags delayed the whole programme and after the umpteenth crash, the Race Director decided to call it a day with two minutes still to go. This also meant that the final 15-minute shootout for pole position will be postponed until Saturday morning.

Yvan Muller (2:31.948) set fastest lap ahead of Rob Huff (2:32.323) and Tiago Monteiro (2:32.416).

Q1 – With an extended 30-minute session given to allow extra time when racing on street circuits, the WTCC field headed out on track. However, the red flags were out only a couple of minutes later as Tom Coronel made a heavy impact with the barrier at Fishermen’s Bend. He limped into the pits with a great deal of damage to his SEAT León TDI as the marshals worked to rebuild the barrier. Just under an hour later the session resumed with SR-Sport working amazingly quick to have Coronel also ready to rejoin.

Only minutes into the restarted session and Andy Priaulx smashed into the “R” Bend losing his front-left wheel. He limped back to the pits as the red flags came out yet again following Masaki Kano spinning his BMW 320si and ending stranded in the middle of the track by the pit exit.

With just 12-minutes left to get a clear lap in the pressure was on with the top ten currently reading Rob Huff from Alain Menu, Norbert Michelisz, Yvan Muller, Darryl O’Young, Gabriele Tarquini, Andy Priaulx, Tiago Monteiro, Augusto Farfus and André Couto. The ten lap times set right at the start of the session.

With just 7m 41s left on the clock, the session was red flagged for the third time as Kristian Poulsen crashed losing a wheel at the Teddi Ip Bend while Sergio Hernández crashed out at Maternity Bend.

With the light fading and headlamps on it was a last dash to the line in the final minutes but as Yvan Muller crossed the line to jump to the top of the times, Tom Coronel stopped out on track meaning another red flag which signaled the end of the session.

The drivers going through into Q2 remain unchanged although with the order now Muller from Huff, Monteiro, Menu, Michelisz, O’Young, Tarquini, Priualx, Farfus and Couto.

Pos. Driver Car Q1 time Q2 time
01 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 2m31.948s
02 R. Huff Chevrolet Cruze 2m32.323s
03 T. Monteiro Seat Leon TDI 2m32.416s
04 A. Menu Chevrolet Cruze 2m32.809s
05 N. Michelisz Seat Leon TDI 2m33.013s
06 D. O’Young Chevrolet Lacetti 2m33.197s
07 G. Tarquini Seat Leon TDI 2m33.274s
08 A. Priaulx BMW 320si 2m33.331s
09 A. Farfus BMW 320si 2m33.610s
10 A. Couto Seat Leon TDI 2m33.869s
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11 F. Barth Seat Leon TDI 2m34.045s
12 M. Nykjaer Seat Leon TDI 2m34.190s
13 T. Coronel Seat Leon TDI 2m34.191s
14 S. Hernandez BMW 320si 2m34.689s
15 C. Turkington BMW 320si 2m35.246s
16 F. Engstler BMW 320si 2m37.094s
17 M. Bennani BMW 320si 2m37.984s
18 Y. Taniguchi Chevrolet Lacetti 2m39.267s
19 C. Campanico BMW 320si 2m40.315s
20 H. Ho BMW 320si 2m40.396s
21 K. Chen BMW 320si 2m40.840s
22 N. Taniguchi BMW 320si 2m40.897s
23 K. Poulsen BMW 320si 2m42.455s
Not qualified Maximum time 2m42.584s ----------
24 J. Merszei BMW 320si 2m45.002s
25 M. Kano BMW 320si 2m45.474s
26 A. Romanov BMW 320si 11m00.386s
27 P. Ma Honda Accord 11m11.963s

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