WTCR – Guerrieri proves he is hungry for WTCR success with DHL pole place double
Esteban Guerrieri is about to begin each Race 1 and Race Three 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 Sort 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 dwelling crew Zengő Motorsport however his bid for a primary DHL Pole Place in Q3 was scuppered by a mix-up as he ready to move 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 positive 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 ultimate lap with a time of 2m05.665s. The opposite factors scorers had 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 had 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 unhealthy for us,” he mentioned. “We suffered some issues. We might have been in Q2, however my automobile was not working correctly.”
Others to overlook out included Tom Coronel, at the moment 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) had 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 10-minute Q2 session was subsequent, with the highest 5 progressing to the Q3 shoot-out. Azcona went via 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 separately.
In P10 was Yvan Muller, securing the Frenchman the DHL Pole Place for the reverse-grid Race 2. He will likely 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) had 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 as a consequence of a mix-up inside his crew over when he might take to the quick lane to move to the pit exit. By the crew he reached the exit lights, they’d agonisingly turned to pink for Azcona and he was unable to aim 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 observe periods and in Q1. With a time of 2m05.705s he snatched the Race Three DHL pole by 0.562s to finish a Honda 1-2-3-Four 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 Sort R TCR): DHL Pole Place Race 1 (2m05.665s), DHL Pole Place Race 3 (2m05.705s)
“I’m actually completely happy. Actually completely happy 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 bear in mind it occurred to me once I began in WTCC. I needed to be on pole and battle on monitor, after all not like that. However, I’m very completely happy for us all 4 Honda drivers within the high 4 principally. So, I’m actually happy how the ALL-INKL crew labored right now. I don’t know to be sincere [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 to this point we’ve got performed an excellent job, I’m very completely happy and now we’ll sit down and analyse how it is going to be for tomorrow. However huge applause for the entire crew.”
Attila Tassi (ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Sort R TCR): Qualifying Q3 second place (2m06.267s)
“In contrast how we began right now once we had a scarcity of monitor time in FP1 as a consequence of some points it’s completely superb. All day Esteban was the quickest Honda so I didn’t anticipate to beat him and likewise my lap was not the very best in sector one. We had a confusion with Mikel [Azcona in Q3], the crew advised me to ‘push, push’ so I couldn’t do the right warm-up lap so the tyre weren’t on the good temperate in sector one so to complete second is superb, superb for Honda, superb for ALL-INKL, they did a tremendous job. Taking the entrance two rows could be very spectacular so thanks to all people.”
Tiago Monteiro (ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Sort R TCR): Qualifying Q3 third place (2m06.902s)
“It was 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 just a little bit on the safer aspect for Q3. I had in thoughts to essentially go for it and threat every part, however it turned out like that. Clearly I’m completely happy, particularly as we’ve got a 1-2-3-Four for Honda. It actually reveals we’ve got a very sturdy automobile, a powerful chassis. We have now been missing quite a lot of high velocity and that’s been clear for the reason that starting of the season. However at the least in these situations on a twisty monitor and in moist situations we’ve confirmed the Honda is a unbelievable automobile, and we had been capable of show that. So I’m pleased with my team-mates and all people did a terrific job. I’m very completely happy for tomorrow, which will likely be a really totally different day.”
Néstor Girolami (ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Sort R TCR): Qualifying Q3 fourth place (2m06.986s)
“I’m super-happy for Honda, doing 1-2-3-Four is superb. In some of these situations the automobile carried out very well. We made some adjustments from FP2 to qualifying which didn’t go effectively within the first half when there was extra water on monitor and I used to be struggling to enter Q2. We had 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. We have now 30s with inexperienced gentle. On the first second the inexperienced lights had been on the top 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 got to test. Fifteen metres simply earlier than the [green] lights the pink lights go on so truthfully I don’t perceive. After all, my qualifying is finished, that’s the worst factor. However I’m fairly completely happy, we completed P1 in Q2 and I really feel very sturdy. There are three races tomorrow and we’ve got to maintain pushing.”