After setting an impressive fastest lap in the morning’s first free practice, Gabriele Tarquini and his SEAT León claimed their second pole position of the season in a dominant way.
It took only two flying laps to the Italian driver to leave the rest of the field behind. Tarquini topped Q1 with an already impressive 1:54.809, and in Q2 he literally annihilated his competitors with an improvement of nearly one second.
Yvan Muller was the only Chevrolet driver who managed to fight for the pole, and eventually claimed the second spot on the grid for the first race next day, while Rob Huff qualified in fourth and Alain Menu in a disappointing ninth.
During race day, Yvan Muller and Alain Menu scored another two victories for Chevrolet. In the first race the reigning world champion pipped pole sitter Gabriele Tarquini at the start and resisted the Italian’s and Rob Huff’s comeback in the last laps.
Menu played the part of comic books hero Michel Vaillant in a perfect way and dominated the second race in his Chevrolet in Vaillante disguise.
These results meant that Chevrolet stretched further the leading margin in the Manufacturers’ Championship to 189 points and increasing the tally in the current season to 11 out of 14.
In the Drivers’ Championship Muller made another small step forward, scoring eight and two points more than Huff and Menu. The Frenchman now has an 18-point lead on Huff, while Menu lies 37points adrift.
The fight for the best of the rest between Tom Coronel and Gabriele Tarquini is also becoming hotter. They both finished once on the podium today, but Tarquini’s withdrawal in the second race gave the Dutchman an eight-point edge.
The championship takes now a 50-day break, while cars and parts are being shipped to Brazil. Rounds 15 and 16 will take place at Curitiba on July 22.