WTCR – Guerrieri proves he is hungry for WTCR success with DHL pole place double
WTCR – Guerrieri proves he is hungry for WTCR success with DHL pole place double
Esteban Guerrieri is ready to begin each Race 1 and Race 3 at WTCR Race of Hungary from the DHL Pole Place after a superb qualifying session for the Argentine ace at a moist Hungaroring.
The ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Kind R TCR driver scored a most 10 factors from qualifying by topping each the Q1 session and the Q3 shootout to leap up from fifth within the standings to 3rd.
Mikel Azona was second quickest in Q1 for residence crew Zengő Motorsport however his bid for a primary DHL Pole Place in Q3 was scuppered by a mix-up as he ready to go out onto the 4.381-kilometre monitor in his CUPRA Leon Competición TCR.
Yann Ehrlacher will begin Sunday’s first race with the yellow windscreen strip on his Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR because the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader, whereas home-grown racer Attila Tassi took a fantastic P2 in Q3 as a part of a Honda top-four lockout, which additionally included Tiago Monteiro and Néstor Girolami. Monteiro and Tassi accomplished the points-scorers in Q1.
Guerrieri begins as he means to go on in Q1
Guerrieri secured his first 5 factors and the DHL Pole Place for Race 1 with a convincing efficiency within the 20-minute Q1 session. He set a benchmark time early on, then improved on his remaining lap with a time of 2m05.665s. The opposite factors scorers have been Mikel Azcona in second place, who was one other to make a late enchancment, Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher (Lynk & Co) in third, Tiago Monteiro (Honda) in fourth and Attila Tassi (Honda) in fifth.
The highest 12 graduate to Q2. Amongst these to overlook the lower have been the Hyundais of Luca Engstler and Gabriele Tarquini in P13 and P14 respectively, Thed Björk (Lynk & Co) and King of WTCR and native hero Norbert Michelisz, who was struggling a misfire. “This session was fairly dangerous for us,” he mentioned. “We suffered some issues. We might have been in Q2, however my automobile was not operating correctly.”
Others to overlook out included Tom Coronel, presently second within the WTCR factors, who was down in P19. However amongst those that did make the highest 12 to progress included one other native driver, Bence Boldizs, who certified in P12 in his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición.
Aurélien Comte (Vuvković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR) and Luca Filippi (Group Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris) have been P17 aand P18 respectively with new wildcard Jose Manuel Sapag in P20, one place forward of fellow newcomer Nico Gruber (Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Group).
Azcona quickest, Muller takes the all-important P10
The ten-minute Q2 session was subsequent, with the highest 5 progressing to the Q3 shoot-out. Azcona went by way of because the quickest qualifier with a time of 2m05.520s, forward of Guerrieri, Tassi, Néstor Girolami and Monteiro – making it 4 Hondas and one CUPRA to run one by one.
In P10 was Yvan Muller, securing the Frenchman the DHL Pole Place for the reverse-grid Race 2. He shall be joined on the entrance row by his nephew and Cyan Racing Lynk & Co team-mate Yann Ehrlacher. The Comtoyou Audis of Nathanaël Berthon and Gilles Magnus will begin behind them on row two, with Jean-Karl Vernay – sixth quickest in Q2 – on the third row. Boldizs and Santiago Urrutia (Lynk & Co) have been P11 and P12 within the session.
Agony for Azcona, ecstasy for Esteban
Azcona was the primary of the highest 5 to run in Q3, however the CUPRA driver stopped on the finish of the pitlane attributable to a mix-up inside his crew over when he might take to the quick lane to go to the pit exit. By the crew he reached the exit lights, that they had agonisingly turned to crimson for Azcona and he was unable to try a lap. “I don’t know what occurred,” mentioned a confused Azcona.
That meant Tassi was successfully the primary to run and set a time of 2m06.267s. Now it was Monteiro’s flip, however the Portuguese might solely handle a time that was 0.635s slower than the Hungarian.
Girolami then took his flip however he additionally did not have the tempo to problem Tassi’s provisional pole. In actual fact, he was additionally slower than Monteiro.
That left Guerrieri, who had been quickest in each free follow classes and in Q1. With a time of 2m05.705s he snatched the Race 3 DHL pole by 0.562s to finish a Honda 1-2-3-4 forward of Tassi, Monteiro and Girolami.
Race 1 at WTCR Race of Hungary takes place on Sunday morning at 09h15 native time.
DHL MEDIA ZONE DRIVER QUOTES
Esteban Guerrieri (ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Kind R TCR): DHL Pole Place Race 1 (2m05.665s), DHL Pole Place Race 3 (2m05.705s)
“I’m actually comfortable. Actually comfortable for the crew, for the nice automobile I’ve had all day. It’s a disgrace for Mikel Azcona who couldn’t do his lap. Sadly, these errors, I keep in mind it occurred to me after I began in WTCC. I wished to be on pole and struggle on monitor, in fact not like that. Nonetheless, I’m very comfortable for us all 4 Honda drivers within the high 4 mainly. So, I’m actually happy how the ALL-INKL crew labored at this time. I don’t know to be trustworthy [if we will be fighting or protecting each other in tomorrow’s races]. We must always take this chance to attain good factors for all of the crew and let’s see tomorrow. Usually the climate needs to be dry. However thus far we’ve carried out an excellent job, I’m very comfortable and now we are going to sit down and analyse how it is going to be for tomorrow. However large applause for the entire crew.”
Attila Tassi (ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Kind R TCR): Qualifying Q3 second place (2m06.267s)
“In contrast how we began at this time after we had a scarcity of monitor time in FP1 attributable to some points it’s completely superb. All day Esteban was the quickest Honda so I didn’t count on to beat him and likewise my lap was not the most effective in sector one. We had a confusion with Mikel [Azcona in Q3], the crew informed me to ‘push, push’ so I couldn’t do the right warm-up lap so the tyre weren’t on the excellent temperate in sector one so to complete second is superb, superb for Honda, superb for ALL-INKL, they did an incredible job. Taking the entrance two rows could be very spectacular so thanks to all people.”
Tiago Monteiro (ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Kind R TCR): Qualifying Q3 third place (2m06.902s)
“It was a very good lap. Not as quick. I believed I used to be taking sufficient dangers, however the monitor has advanced quite a bit. I didn’t fairly get the right grip of the lap, it was a little bit bit on the safer aspect for Q3. I had in thoughts to actually go for it and threat the whole lot, however it turned out like that. Clearly I’m comfortable, particularly as we’ve a 1-2-3-4 for Honda. It actually exhibits we’ve a very robust automobile, a robust chassis. Now we have been missing numerous high pace and that’s been clear for the reason that starting of the season. However not less than in these situations on a twisty monitor and in moist situations we’ve confirmed the Honda is a improbable automobile, and we have been capable of show that. So I’m happy with my team-mates and all people did a terrific job. I’m very comfortable for tomorrow, which shall be a really totally different day.”
Néstor Girolami (ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Kind R TCR): Qualifying Q3 fourth place (2m06.986s)
“I’m super-happy for Honda, doing 1-2-3-4 is superb. In these kind of situations the automobile carried out very well. We made some modifications from FP2 to qualifying which didn’t go properly within the first half when there was extra water on monitor and I used to be struggling to enter Q2. We have been in P7 simply on the final lap [of Q1] and into Q2 the automobile started to work higher on a drier monitor. Esteban did superb laps all weekend and he deserved it.”
Mikel Azcona (Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA Leon Competición TCR): Qualifying Q3 no time
“Actually I don’t know what’s occurred. Now we have 30s with inexperienced mild. On the first second the inexperienced lights have been on the tip of the pits and we go to the monitor and it’s unimaginable to go [in] 30s solely 200 metres so truthfully I don’t know what’s occurred, we’ve to verify. Fifteen metres simply earlier than the [green] lights the crimson lights go on so truthfully I don’t perceive. In fact, my qualifying is completed, that’s the worst factor. However I’m fairly comfortable, we completed P1 in Q2 and I really feel very robust. There are three races tomorrow and we’ve to maintain pushing.”