WTCR Nurburgring: Hyundai's Bjork grabs second pole, Vervisch P2

Reigning World Touring Car champion Thed Bjork stormed to his second pole of the World Touring Car Cup weekend at the Nurburgring Nordschleife with the fastest time in second qualifying

WTCR Nurburgring: Hyundai's Bjork grabs second pole, Vervisch P2

Bjork had been headed by the similar Hyundai i30 N of BRC Racing driver Norbert Michelisz after the second set of runs in the session, but produced a monster final lap - including a fourth sector time that was more than a second faster than anybody else could manage - to seal pole.

His lap of 8m55.085s was 1.040s faster than second place qualifier Frederic Vervisch in his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS, and smashed the pole time Bjork recorded in Thursday's qualifying session by more than three seconds.

Michelisz, who himself had sat a second clear of the chasing pack after his second qualifying run, had to settle for third ahead of Bjork's YMR team-mate, race one winner Yvan Muller. T

he Frenchman qualified one hundredth faster than his nephew Yann Ehrlacher, who will start the weekend's final race on Saturday afternoon from fifth in his Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic.

Ehrlacher will head an all-Honda third row on the grid for that race, after Benjamin Lessennes jumped up to sixth late-on for Boutsen Ginion.

After scoring a podium in Thursday's first race, Rob Huff was again the fastest Volkswagen in Friday's qualifying session as he dragged his Sebastien Loeb Racing Golf GTi to seventh, ahead of the second Munnich Civic of Esteban Guerrieri.

Wildcard entrant Rene Rast was ninth and the leading WRT Audi driver, while Pepe Oriola will start the reversed-grid race from pole after improving to 10th on his final run.

Championship leader Gabriele Tarquini - who retired from the opening race - was briefly 10th after his final flying lap, but was bumped down to 14th by the end of the session.

Gordon Shedden had held 10th and provisional reversed-grid pole for much of the session, but failed to improve on his final run and will instead start both of Saturday's races from 15th in his WRT Audi RS3 LMS.

Results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Thed Bjork YMR Hyundai 8m55.085s 3
2 Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Racing Audi 1.040s 3
3 Norbert Michelisz BRC Racing Team Hyundai 1.449s 3
4 Yvan Muller YMR Hyundai 1.654s 3
5 Yann Ehrlacher Munnich Motorsport Honda 1.664s 3
6 Benjamin Lessennes Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 2.225s 3
7 Rob Huff Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 3.561s 3
8 Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda 3.623s 3
9 Rene Rast WRT Audi 4.098s 3
10 Pepe Oriola Campos Racing Cupra 4.545s 3
11 Jean-Karl Vernay WRT Audi 4.867s 3
12 Nathanael Berthon Comtoyou Racing Audi 4.867s 3
13 Tom Coronel Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 6.076s 3
14 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Racing Team Hyundai 6.426s 3
15 Gordon Shedden WRT Audi 6.617s 3
16 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 6.621s 3
17 John Filippi Campos Racing Cupra 6.749s 3
18 Aurelien Panis Comtoyou Racing Audi 7.139s 3
19 Mat'o Homola DG Sport Competition Peugeot 7.751s 3
20 James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Honda 7.832s 3
21 Denis Dupont Comtoyou Racing Audi 8.275s 3
22 Aurelien Comte DG Sport Competition Peugeot 9.029s 3
23 Gianni Morbidelli Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 9.809s 3
24 Fabrizio Giovanardi Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 10.013s 3
25 Norbert Nagy Zengo Motorsport Cupra 10.931s 3
26 Zsolt Szabo Zengo Motorsport Cupra 11.031s 3
27 Kris Richard KCMG Honda 12.062s 3

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