Nurburgring WTCR: Girolami takes Nordschleife pole for second yr in a row - Motor Informed
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Nurburgring WTCR: Girolami takes Nordschleife pole for second yr in a row

The Argentinian, who was additionally quickest in qualifying on the Nordschleife final yr, will begin the second race on Saturday from pole, with Yvan Muller claiming the highest spot for the reverse-grid race one after setting the 10th quickest time.

Munnich Motorsport Honda driver Girolami set his benchmark, a lap of 8m54.791s, on his second try of the session. Jean-Karl Vernay, in his first look in Engstler Hyundai’s new Elantra N TCR, was second quickest, zero.78s down on Girolami. The Frenchman failed to enhance on his third and last try, which secured Girolami the highest spot.

“It’s unbelievable,” he stated. “I’ve superb reminiscences from final yr with a tremendous lap and to repeat it this yr was by no means going to be straightforward. I used to be bettering on my final lap, however my workforce informed me the final sector was slightly bit damp. Even when Vernay had improved I might have been P2.”

Girolami additionally took the chance to dedicate his pole place to former grand prix driver and countryman Carlos Reutemann, who’s at present battling sickness.

“Good day for us,” stated Vernay after his robust efficiency in an all-new automotive and for his new workforce. “We had a small challenge in FP1 yesterday however it was mounted for FP2. It’s not going to be straightforward this yr, however this was begin.”

Behind Girolami and Vernay within the last order, Esteban Guerrieri made it a 1-Three for Honda. “I’m extra drained than completely happy, it was actually powerful,” stated the Argentinian, who received race one on the Nordschleife final yr. “You’re actually on the restrict at this observe.”

Esteban Guerrieri, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR

Esteban Guerrieri, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Kind R TCR

Photograph by: WTCR

Reigning champion Yann Ehrlacher was ninth quickest, simply forward of his uncle Muller, who was happy to safe the reverse-grid pole. However it was mighty shut. Tom Coronel, in P11, missed out by simply zero.002s – the equal of 11 centimetres of the 15.77-mile lap – within the second-generation Audi RS Three LMS, which can also be making its debut on the Nurburgring.

“I may be happy with that significantly when you find yourself 51 years outdated at this circuit and with the dedication it’s important to give,” quipped Muller. “Let’s see what the race will convey. We have been fortunate with the climate on this session, however tomorrow it may be every thing at The Inexperienced Hell.”

Former World Touring Automobile Champion Rob Huff, who’s making his return to the WTCR this yr in a Zengő Motorsport Cupra Leon, was 18th quickest of the 22. He break up brother-and-sister duo Andreas and Jessica Bäckman, who have been 17th and 20th respectively.

Each races happen on Saturday morning, forward of the beginning of the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

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