Yvan Muller, Jordi Gene, Gabriele Tarquini, Tiago Monteiro and Rickard Rydell will be at the head of the grid.
For the first time the drivers faced the new qualifying format with the session split in two parts. At the end of the 20-minute Q1, ten drivers qualified for the 10-minute Q2.
Q1 was red-flagged after only five minutes when Kristian Poulsen spun at the last turn, crashing his BMW head-on into the inside wall.
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After the restart SEAT and BMW drivers posted their first fast times, with Yvan Muller leading the field with a lap of 1:24.345.
Tarquini, who was 11th in the final moments, saved himself with a lap of 1:24.537 that promoted him to second position, before he was demoted to third by Alain Menu's last gasp attempt at 1:24.534.
The top-ten drivers were covered by 0.6 seconds, with Nicola Larini claiming the last position.
SEAT Sport's five men were the first to hit the track in Q2 and Yvan Muller set a new best at 1:24.196, a time good enough to eventually claim pole position.
Joerg Mueller, Andy Priaulx, Augusto Farfus and Larini waited until the last minutes to make their only attempt.
The German provisionally climbed to second with a lap of 1:24.637 but he was immediately demoted to sixth when the five-car SEAT train crossed the line.
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