WTCR Hungaroring: Hyundai's Michelisz sets lap record at home

Hyundai driver Norbert Michelisz claimed a comfortable pole for Saturday's opening World Touring Car Cup race at the Hungaroring, with a new TCR lap record around his home circuit

Practice pacesetter Michelisz carried his form into the first of the weekend's qualifying sessions, which sets the grid for Saturday's first race, recording his TCR pole lap record with his first flying lap.

The BRC Racing driver managed a 1m52.644s in his Hyundai i30 N and, despite abandoning a subsequent lap that had been on par with his first effort, beat nearest challenger Esteban Guerrieri to pole by a quarter of a second.

Michelisz's fastest time maintains Hyundai's perfect record of qualifying pole positions at the start of the new WTCR world cup season.

Guerrieri's effort aboard his Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic prevented a Hyundai 1-2-3 lockout, with his late 1m52.900s lap dropping YMR driver Thed Bjork and Michelisz's BRC team-mate Gabriele Tarquini to third and fourth respectively.

Benjamin Lessennes was an impressive fifth in his Boutsen Ginion Honda, although the 18-year-old is expected to take a five-place grid drop for failing to adhere to full course yellow directives during the 30-minute session.

He beat the similar Munnich Civic of Yann Ehrlacher, while the Hyundais of Yvan Muller and wildcard entrant Daniel Nagy - the Hungarian, racing for Michelisz's M1RA team - were seventh and eighth.

Rob Huff was the lead representative for any of the Volkswagen Audi Group cars in ninth in his Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI, with fellow Brit James Thompson completing the top 10 in the third Munnich car.

WRT driver Jean-Karl Vernay was 11th in the best of the Audis, but team-mate Gordon Shedden's practice struggles carried over into qualifying. He qualified 25th of the 27 runners, 2.679 seconds off the pace.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Norbert Michelisz BRC Racing Team Hyundai 1m52.644s
2 Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda 0.256s
3 Thed Bjork YMR Hyundai 0.419s
4 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Racing Team Hyundai 0.444s
5 Benjamin Lessennes Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 0.508s
6 Yann Ehrlacher Munnich Motorsport Honda 0.569s
7 Yvan Muller YMR Hyundai 0.671s
8 Daniel Nagy M1RA Hyundai 0.843s
9 Rob Huff Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 0.957s
10 James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Honda 1.092s
11 Jean-Karl Vernay WRT Audi 1.256s
12 Tom Coronel Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 1.500s
13 Nathanael Berthon Comtoyou Racing Audi 1.530s
14 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 1.675s
15 Mat'o Homola DG Sport Competition Peugeot 1.735s
16 John Filippi Campos Racing Cupra 1.743s
17 Norbert Nagy Zengo Motorsport Cupra 1.830s
18 Fabrizio Giovanardi Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1.832s
19 Aurelien Comte DG Sport Competition Peugeot 1.929s
20 Gianni Morbidelli Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1.952s
21 Attila Tassi KCMG Honda 2.105s
22 Pepe Oriola Campos Racing Cupra 2.256s
23 Aurelien Panis Comtoyou Racing Audi 2.373s
24 Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Racing Audi 2.457s
25 Gordon Shedden WRT Audi 2.679s
26 Denis Dupont Comtoyou Racing Audi 2.880s
27 Zsolt Szabo Zengo Motorsport Cupra 3.059s

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