WTCC - Muller grabs pole as Chevrolet dominate Shanghai qualifying

The qualifying session for the WTCC race in Shanghai turned into a triumphal march for Chevrolet as Yvan Muller took pole.

WTCC - Muller grabs pole as Chevrolet dominate Shanghai qualifying

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Chevrolet's Yvan Muller in Shanghai (official)

All six drivers at the wheel of the Cruze cars dominated the top 10 positions of the time sheet with Muller leading the way in a time of 1:54.132.

The Frenchman claimed his seventh pole position of the season, beating his RML team-mate Tom Chilton, Pepe Oriola, the bamboo-engineering duo of James Nash and Alex MacDowall and WTCC returnee Rickard Rydell.

Muller said: “It is a nice pole position, but of course it was not easy, especially as I was the leader of the pack and did not get a slipstream so I had no choice but to give it all I had.

"The car was perfect and in the races, I have nothing to lose. I still want the victory but a podium result does not matter too much.

"I will try to help Tom to clinch P2 in the championship, of course."

Thed Björk’s Volvo C30 was found to be underweight during the technical checks after the qualifying session and this resulted in a grid penalty.

As a consequence, Björk dropped five places down to 17th on the grid for Sunday’s races.

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