Yvan Muller (Cyan Racing) is in good shape at Pau-Arnos and he lets it be known. Quickly adapted to the roller coaster of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques with the best time in FP1, the Alsatian took cover during Q3 of the qualifying session to end the day on Saturday as the fastest man and with the pole position. of Race 2.
Well helped by the few small inaccuracies of his nephew Yann Ehrlacher (Cyan Racing) quickly out of the race and condemned to 5th place, Yvan Muller pulled out all the stops during his only attempt. Second man to pass, the Habs then signed a 1’18 “973 while waiting for the last three passes. The fastest man in Q2, Jean-Karl Vernay (Hyundai Racing Team) then tried his luck, in vain, as did Norbert Michelisz (Hyundai Squadra Corse) and Santiago Urrutia (Cyan Performance). The three men were then ranked respectively 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
Concerning the reversed grid of Race 1, the pole is to be put to the credit of Frédéric Vervisch (Comtoyou Team Audi). Tenth in Q2, the Belgian allows himself the luxury of leading the peloton this Sunday morning ahead of Thed Björk (Cyan Performance) and Gabriel Tarquini (Cyan Performance). Nestor Girolami (ALL-INKL.COM Honda) and Esteban Guerrieri (ALL-INKL.COM Honda) complete the Top 5. Poleman of the main race, Yvan Muller will start 7th ahead of Yann Ehrlacher, Norbert Michelisz and Jean-Karl Vernay.
Eliminated in Q1, Lucas Engstler (Hyundai Racing Team), Robert Huff (Zengo Motorsport Services), Tom Coronel (Comtoyou DHL Team Audi), Jordi Gené (Zengo Motorsport), Bence Boldisz (Zengo Motorsport), Attila Tassi (ALL-INKL. DE Honda) and Mikel Azcona (Zengo Motorsport Services) will start 13th, 14th, 15, 16, 17th, 18th and 19th respectively. Having started at the fault in turn 5, the Belgian Gilles Magnus (Comtoyou Team Audi) was unable to record a time thus failing to enter the 105% required. It remains to be seen whether or not he will be drafted by the race director.