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Gianni Morbidelli took a brilliant pole at the Salzburgring, becoming the first driver to break the Citroën domination in the Super Pole exercise this season.

 

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This on top of being the only non-Citroën driver to have won a race so far.

However, a Stewards decision stripped him by the right to start from pole in Race 1. Morbidelli was given a drop of five grid positions (from first to sixth) because he had improved his Q1 time under yellow flag.

Thus, Yvan Muller inherited pole for the second time this season; this had happened at Le Castellet following the exclusion of Loeb and López for a technical infringement.

The ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Italian ace, always among the fastest since the beginning of the weekend, made a perfect lap at the wheel of his Chevrolet RML Cruze, stopping the watches at 1.22.137.

He preceded the two Citroën cars of Yvan Muller and Sébastian Loeb. Fourth was Tom Coronel, in the ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet, who made it to Q3 for the first time this year. José María López closed the top quintet, after having suffered a spectacular spin in turn 9 in Q1, luckily avoiding the barriers.

Morbidelli had topped the time sheets in Q1 as well, showing excellent form and beating the three C-Elysée cars of Muller, Loeb and López, with Borković in fifth position. The Serbian would then be victim of the fast Turn 9 in his very first lap of Q2. Fortunately, the Campos Racing Chevrolet suffered much less damage than its sister car of Hugo Valente, who heavily crashed in the same corner in the morning.

Q2 saw Muller fastest ahead of the Chevy cars of Coronel and Morbidelli, while the Honda cars seemed to deliberately targeting the last positions in the top ten. The first two rows of the Race 2 grid will be trusted by Tarquini, Michelisz, Bennani and Monteiro.
Franz Engstler took once again pole among the TC2 cars, this time preceding John Filippi.


ETCC - BREATHTAKING FIGHTS FOR POLE IN AUSTRIA

It was a breathtaking qualifying session, with a number of lead changes and close gaps separating the top drivers of each class.
The session was red-flagged twice. A first time after twelve minutes, in order to remove debris from the track at Turn 9. And then again, with less than four minutes left, when Andrina Gugger’s car stalled on the track due to a mechanical problem.

Campos Racing team-mates Nikolay Karamyshev and Igor Skuz swapped positions on top of the time sheet; eventually the former improved to 1:27.187 on his last lap after the second red flag, demoting Skuz (1:27.875) to second place.

In the TC2 class Petr Fulín, Michal Matějovský and Christian Fischer set provisional poles; Fulín (1:29.514) and Matějovský (1:29.534) were able to improve further, with the former claiming pole position with a margin of only twenty thousandths over his team-mate.

A slim gap separated the first two drivers in the Single-Make Trophy as well; Aku Pellinen set the fastest lap early in the session (1:30.529), but Dmitry Bragin was able to close in on the Finn towards the end. Eventually the Russian’s best lap of 1:30.617 was only 0.088 seconds slower than Pellinen’s.

In the Super 1600 Gilles Bruckner took command of qualifying in the early stages, improving to 1:41.088. However, Ulrike Krafft managed to beat him once again with a last lap of 1:40.681 that was worth her third pole out of three qualifying sessions.

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