Morbidelli shines in Austria

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

The Munnich Motorsport driver took the surprise position with the best time in the single-lap shootout in Austria.

Morbidelli out-qualified reigning champion Yvan Muller of Citroen by 49-thousandths of a second, with a perfect lap at the wheel of his Chevrolet RML Cruze.

"Honestly, I am the first surprised of this performance," Morbidelli said. "I pushed very hard but did not think I could make the pole position.

"It is a very important result and it proves that the team's hard work is paying off and that we improve constantly.

"I was fast in Q1 and Q2, but was lucky to benefit from the slipstreaming of other cars. In Q3, without that help, it was nice to stay ahead I used new tires only in Q3."

Citroen's Sebastian Loeb was third quickest in Austria and Tom Coronel, in the ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet, was fourth.