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Thed Björk excluded from qualifying giving Hugo Valente pole

Polestar Cyan Racing’s Thed Björk has been excluded from the results of qualifying for the World Touring Car Championship in France, handing pole position for the opening race to LADA’s Hugo Valente.

Björk was excluded from the sixth position he earned in Q2 for failing the post-qualifying ride height check.

The stewards decision means that everyone below him will move up one place on the grid, handing Valente pole after the Frenchman had originally qualified in 11th position.

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BJörk will be forced to start from the back of the grid for both races.

Zengő Motorsport’s Ferenc Ficza was also excluded from qualifying, after the Hungarian failed to follow the weighing procedure during qualifying and failed to stop at the red light in the pitlane.

Honda’s Rob Huff had originally been due to start on pole with Björk’s team-mate Fredrik Ekblom alongside. It will now be Valente on pole with Huff alongside.

The opening WTCC race takes place at 11:15 BST (12:15 CEST) on Sunday.

Revised top ten times

1 37 José María LÓPEZ Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 3 1:28.950
2 18 Tiago MONTEIRO Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic WTCC 3 1:29.213 0.263
3 68 Yvan MULLER Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 3 1:29.262 0.312
4 9 Y Tom CORONEL ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 2 No time N/A
5 10 Nicky CATSBURG LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 0 No time N/A
The following times are from Q2
6 5 Norbert MICHELISZ Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic WTCC 5 1:29.958 0.695
7 25 Y Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 5 1:30.021 0.758
8 61 Fredrik EKBLOM Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 WTCC 3 1:30.221 0.958
9 12 Rob HUFF Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic WTCC 3 1:30.576 1.313
10 7 Hugo VALENTE LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 5 1:30.612 1.349

Complete session results

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