Mike Halder secures pole position in Most

Honda racer Mike Halder took pole position for the second TCR Germany event of the season at Autodrom Most in Czechia, pipping the Audi of Antti Buri by three tenths of a second.

Halder had earlier been ninth fastest in Q1, notably behind his sister Michelle, but the 2017 vice-champion pulled out a fast lap in Q2 to go 0.311 seconds clear and make it two poles out of two events.

“Every pole position is great, these are five important points for the championship,” said Halder. “We have a very fast package, everything is going well, and overall I’m absolutely satisfied with our performance.”

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Prosport Performance’s Max Hesse had earlier been fastest in Q1, but the young 16-year-old German could only manage third in the all-important Q2, ahead of Austrian Simon Reicher’s Audi in fourth.

HP Racing’s Harald Proczyk, who had secured the first win of the season last time out at Oschersleben, put his Opel Astra in fifth, ahead of the leading Volkswagen of Luca Engstler in sixth.

Czech local Petr Fulín was seventh and headed a trio of CUPRA drivers, including Mike Halder’s sister Michelle in eighth and Wolf-Power Racing’s Oliver Holdener in ninth.

Tenth went to Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Frenchman Theo Coicaud and with it the Volkswagen driver secured the reverse-grid pole position for Sunday’s race.

The first race of the weekend takes place at 11:50 CEST (10:50 BST) on Saturday.

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 5 1:40.731 0.000
2 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 1:41.042 0.311
3 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 1:41.170 0.439
4 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 1:41.187 0.456
5 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 6 1:41.241 0.510
6 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 1:41.254 0.523
7 2 Petr FULÍN Fullin Race Academy CUPRA TCR 6 1:41.434 0.703
8 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 6 1:41.533 0.802
9 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 4 1:41.625 0.894
10 27 Theo COICAUD Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 1:41.676 0.945
11 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 6 1:41.774 1.043
12 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 1:42.222 1.491

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:41.035 0.000
2 2 Petr FULÍN Fullin Race Academy CUPRA TCR 9 1:41.262 0.227
3 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 10 1:41.275 0.240
4 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 7 1:41.343 0.308
5 27 Theo COICAUD Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:41.457 0.422
6 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 1:41.514 0.479
7 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 10 1:41.546 0.511
8 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:41.580 0.545
9 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 5 1:41.598 0.563
10 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 13 1:41.616 0.581
11 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 12 1:41.616 0.581
12 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:41.618 0.583
13 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:41.649 0.614
14 44 Sandro KAIBACH Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:41.653 0.618
15 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 12 1:41.740 0.705
16 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 13 1:41.799 0.764
17 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:41.872 0.837
18 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:41.883 0.848
19 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 13 1:42.077 1.042
20 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:42.093 1.058
21 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:42.101 1.066
22 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:42.108 1.073
23 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 1:42.581 1.546
24 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 12 1:42.629 1.594
25 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic TCR 2018 12 1:42.829 1.794
26 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 13 1:43.848 2.813
27 99 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:44.174 3.139
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