Mat’o Homola secures pole position for TCR Europe season opener

Mat’o Homola secures pole position for TCR Europe season opener

Mat'o Homola
Photo: TCR Media

Mat’o Homola secured pole position for the opening round of the TCR Europe season at the Hungaroring, edging out Target Competition team-mate Andreas Bäckman as Hyundai cars filled the top four places.

Slovak racer Homola was a mere 0.019 seconds faster than his Swedish team-mate, having found almost eight tenths of a second between his Q1 and Q2 times.

The second row of the grid will also feature South Korean machinery, as Q1 pace-setter Nelson Panciatici put his M Racing i30 between the Target cars, with Josh Files securing fourth, just 0.151 seconds from pole.

Comtoyou Racing’s Gilles Magnus was fifth in the best Audi, ahead of the leading Peugeot of JSB Compétition’s Julien Briché in sixth. The latter had earlier been third quickest in Q1, but was unable to go faster in Q2.

Jessica Bäckman, who had set the pace in second practice, put her Hyundai in seventh, ahead of the M1RA Hyundai of Hungarian home racer Dániel Nagy in eighth.

Serbian racer Dušan Borković and TCR newcomer Santiago Urrutia completed the top ten in their Hyundai and Audi respectively, giving the latter the reverse-grid pole position for Sunday’s second race.

Just missing out on the reverse grid were the second M Racing Hyundai of Natan Bihel in 11th and the Renault Mégane of John Filippi in 12th, the latter making an impressive Q2 appearance in the unproven car.

More to follow…

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:53.049 0.000
2 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:53.068 0.019
3 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 1:53.148 0.099
4 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:53.200 0.151
5 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 4 1:53.311 0.262
6 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 4 1:53.439 0.390
7 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:53.474 0.425
8 99 Dániel NAGY M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:53.487 0.438
9 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:53.652 0.603
10 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 4 1:53.777 0.728
11 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 1:54.631 1.582
12 27 John FILIPPI Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 3 1:54.977 1.928

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 1:53.064 0.000
2 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 7 1:53.329 0.265
3 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 9 1:53.405 0.341
4 99 Dániel NAGY M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 1:53.458 0.394
5 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 1:53.523 0.459
6 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:53.740 0.676
7 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:53.825 0.761
8 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 1:53.866 0.802
9 27 John FILIPPI Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 8 1:53.872 0.808
10 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 1:53.956 0.892
11 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:53.965 0.901
12 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:54.123 1.059
13 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 1:54.134 1.070
14 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 10 1:54.249 1.185
15 111 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 10 1:54.351 1.287
16 45 Gianni MORBIDELLI WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 8 1:54.383 1.319
17 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 9 1:54.510 1.446
18 30 Luca FILIPPI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 1:54.658 1.594
19 2 Stéphane LEMERET Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 6 1:54.738 1.674
20 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 10 1:54.871 1.807
21 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 10 1:54.970 1.906
22 46 Olli KANGAS WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 1:55.025 1.961
23 3 Davit KAJAIA PCR Sport with Georgia CUPRA TCR 9 1:55.042 1.978
24 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing Renault Mégane RS TCR 7 1:55.185 2.121
25 331 Milovan VESNIĆ ASK Vesnić CUPRA TCR 8 1:55.265 2.201
26 96 Abdulla Ali AL-KHELAIFI QMMF Racing by PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 9 1:55.456 2.392
27 44 Lilou WADOUX JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 10 1:55.819 2.755
28 81 Stéphane VENTAJA Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 8 1:56.080 3.016
29 377 Jakub WYSZOMIRSKY ASK Vesnić Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR 9 1:56.503 3.439
30 324 Jáchym GALÁŠ GT2 Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 7 1:56.545 3.481
31 21 Marie BAUS-COPPENS JSB Compétition CUPRA TCR 10 1:56.545 3.481
32 376 Petr ČíŽEK Fullinrace Academy CUPRA TCR 10 1:56.998 3.934
33 322 Carol WITTKE Fullinrace Academy CUPRA TCR 8 1:57.268 4.204
34 332 Rudi PEŠOVIĆ GM Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 1:58.271 5.207
35 307 Maciej ŁASKIEWICZ RTM Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 1:58.345 5.281
36 374 Žarko KNEGO Auto Klub Dubrovnik Racing CUPRA TCR 9 1:58.567 5.503
37 8 Luca ENGSTLER M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 1 No time N/A