Mikel Azcona stormed to pole issue for Creep 2 at WTCR Creep of Czech Republic after atmosphere the quickest time in the qualifying shootout at Autodrom Most.
The Spaniard became the second to escape in the Q3 session and his lap of 1m38.757s proved simply ample for his Goodyear-equipped Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición to prevent on high – by enticing 0.091s from Norbert Michelisz.
“With 20 kilograms extra weight from the closing escape, to rating pole issue I’m if truth be told overjoyed,” mentioned Azcona. “It became the accurate lap, I even fill to advise. The auto felt if truth be told proper, even with the 20 kilograms, and I felt apt-proper – even better than at the closing escape weekend. We’ll survey on Sunday but for the time being I if truth be told feel if truth be told proper.”
The 20-minute Q1 session became interrupted by crimson flags with eight minutes left on the clock when Gilles Magnus stopped in sector three in his Comtoyou Team Audi Sport RS 3 LMS. As soon as the auto had been towed abet to the pits and the session restarted, Esteban Guerrieri put in a huge effort to trail quickest in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Form R TCR from Azcona, Nathanaël Berthon and Néstor Girolami.
The top 12 graduate to Q2 in WTCR qualifying and among those to invent the in the discount of integrated Frédéric Vervisch in P11 after his Comtoyou Team Audi Sport team fitted a peculiar engine to his RS 3 LMS after free apply, and BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse’s Gabriele Tarquini – a unhurried improver to invent it thru in P12.
Tarquini bumped Consume Huff down to P13 and out of qualifying. Among those to also omit out integrated Tom Coronel in P14, enticing sooner than WTCR Creep of Hungary escape winner Santiago Urrutia. The Uruguayan, who’s second in the WTCR factors, became puzzled about his lack of velocity in his Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR. “I became snappy in free apply and I’m in total fleet in qualifying,” he mentioned. “It is what it’s. I don’t know why, it feels outlandish.”
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In the 10-minute Q2 session Jean-Karl Vernay shot to the pause to qualify for Q3 as quickest. The others to affix him in the shootout the put Azcona, Michelisz, Guerrieri and Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher, with Berthon enticing missing out in sixth issue.
The Lynk & Co 03 TCRs of Thed Björk and Yvan Muller had been next, sooner than Girolami − and in P10 became wildcard entry Petr Fulín. Which implies the native hero will originate on pole issue for the partly reversed-grid Creep 1 on Sunday.
Vernay goes first, Azcona goes quickest in Q3
Vernay became the key to escape in the Q3 shootout, the Frenchman hustling his Hyundai over a scruffy lap to file a benchmark time of 1m39.068s. Azcona became next up, the Spaniard proving extraordinary faster by 0.311s.
Guerrieri became the third of the 5 to rob his shot. The Honda driver became faster than Vernay but overlooked out from toppling Azcona by enticing 0.133s. “I’m overjoyed with how the day went,” he mentioned. “To be first in Q1 became a shock because I ended up having one
shot at a lap and put it quickest. That became 5 factors and now I even fill some extra in Q3.”
Subsequent became Ehrlacher, the King of WTCR inserting in a fixed effort – but no longer moderately ample to grab pole issue. His time became 0.130s down on Azcona – but an even searching 0.003s faster than Guerrieri. “The conditions had been sophisticated with the sun,” he mentioned. ”It became an cheap lap. Now I’ll point of interest on the races. We fill got a complete day to prepare.”
That left Michelisz as the closing of the 5 to rob his shot. The Hungarian became quickest total in the second sector, but he didn’t moderately fill ample to hit the pause. Michelisz had to accept second and a entrance-row originate for Creep 2 alongside pole issue winner Azcona. “After going quickest in Free Apply 2 we expected to be in the pause 5,” he mentioned. “The laps had been if truth be told proper and we chanced on a proper steadiness. I’m overjoyed with P2 – it’s so tight.”
The closing dispute after Q3 became Azcona, Michelisz, Ehrlacher, Guerrieri and Vernay.
Creep 1 at WTCR Creep of Czech Republic is scheduled over 13 laps and is due to originate up at 14h15 native time on Sunday (October 10) with Creep 2 following at 17h10 over 15 laps.