tcr / Vernay on the front row with local hero Michelisz

The French driver of the Leopard Racing WRT team ahead of Michelisz in Q1 but the Hungarian responded with a new lap record for TCR cars in Q2 to take pole. Rob Huff seventh on the grid.

Norbert Michelisz snatched the pole position at the Hungaroring in front of his home crowd ahead of Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay of the Leopard Racing WRT team, who denied a 1-2 to the M1RA squad with a fantastic lap at the very end of the second qualifying session. Solid seventh place for Rob Huff.

In Qualifying 1, Vernay was the first driver to lap faster than Michelisz following the Hungarian’s dominance in all of the previous free practice sessions. The Frenchman and his Volkswagen Golf GTI powered by Leopard Racing WRT posted a fastest lap of 1:53.030 in the final moments of Q1 while Michelisz had his fastest lap cancelled for exceeding track limits

In Qualifying 2, it didn’t take long to Michelisz to post a time of 1:52.740 that eventually awarded him the pole position, but Vernay was right behind him with his 1:53.364 that demoted Tassi in third. Tough day for the Audi and Alfa Romeo drivers, none of whom managed to make the cut for Q2. Tomorrow’s Race-1 will start at 9:10am local time, Race-2 at 1:00pm.

 

Jean-Karl Vernay – 2nd:
“First of all, I would like to say how great it is to have another top-class driver such as Norbert in the series. The presence of guys like him or Rob Huff is really a plus, also for us drivers. Today’s result makes me very happy, as it comes as a nice reward after the very difficult week the team had. Last Sunday, at the Salzburgring, we finished with two wrecks instead of two cars and I too wasn’t in a very good shape… To be able to be here with two cars in perfect conditions and me relatively fit is simply great. This is a good track for the Golf and one I like a lot, so tomorrow the objective will be to score as many points as possible. I don’t think we will be in a position to beat the Honda cars, which are very fast, especially at the start, but if I can score as many points as Colciago and Comini, it will be good.”

 

Rob Huff – 7th:
“I am hugely proud of the team for getting the car ready for me this weekend. Just that in itself is a small miracle, I think, and so I have to thank everybody for working so hard on the engine and the new chassis as well as getting everything organized for me to race this weekend. In qualifying we had some problems with the electronics of the car, it seems like every time I push on the accelerator I get a different amount of power. It something that happens three or four times during a single lap and of course it slows us down. However, I am very happy with the balance of the car and the set-up that we have found, me and J-K are working well together as a team. We hoped to be on the front row as this track suits our cars massively, but Norbert was really fast here. All in all it’s been a good day for the team, we hope to find a solution to our problem by the first race but I am sure the team will do everything possible to make it work properly.”

 

Results – Qualifying:

1 – N. Michelisz / HUN / M1RA / Honda Civic Type-R / 1’52.740
2 – J.K. Vernay / FRA / Leopard Racing Team WRT / VW Golf GTI / +0.614
3 – A. Tassi / HUN / M1RA / Honda Civic Type-R / +0.666
4 – M. Homola / SVK / DG Sport Competition / Opel Astra / +0.755
5 – P. Oriola / SPA / Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing / Seat Leon / +0.999
6 – R. Colciago / ITA / M1RA / Honda Civic Type-R / +1.095
7 – R. Huff / GBR / Leopard Racing Team WRT / VW Golf GTI / +1.106
8 – S. Paulsen / NOR / Paulsen Racing / Seat Leon / +1.403
9 – G. Morbidelli / ITA / West Coast Racing / VW Golf GTI / +1.825
10 – G. Altoe / ITA / West Coast Racing / VW Golf GTI / +1.880
11 – J. Reno Moller / DNK / Reno Racing / Honda Civic Type-R / +8.425
12 – D. Lloyd / GBR / Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing / Seat Leon /

 

Hungaroring, 4381 m (Local Time, GMT +2):

Sunday, June 18th:
09:10 – Race 1 (14 laps)
13:00 – Race 2 (14 laps)