Luca Engstler claims pole position in Zhejiang qualifying

Luca Engstler claims pole position in Zhejiang qualifying

Luca Engstler
Photo: TCR Asia

Luca Engstler beat Daniel Lloyd to pole position in qualifying for the joint TCR Asia – TCR China series races at the Zhejiang International Circuit in China, with the Hyundai driver four tenths clear.

TCR Asia’s Engstler was not only four tenths faster than the next quickest car, Lloyd competing in TCR China for Dongfeng Honda, but he was a huge six tenths quicker than his next closest TCR Asia rival, Solite Indigo Racing’s Pepe Oriola in third.

Liqui Moly Team NewFaster’s Terry Huang was the only other driver to be within a second of Engstler’s time, putting his Audi in fourth.

Korean racer Kim Jin Soo had his best qualifying session of the season so far to put his Hyundai in fifth, ahead of one of the title contenders in TCR Asia, Diego Moran in sixth.

Liqui Moly Team NewFaster’s Kenneth Look was seventh, less than three hundredths ahead of the best Volkswagen of Team Oettinger’s Adam Khalid in eighth.

Dongfeng’s Martin Xie and Eurasia Motorsport’s Daniel Miranda completed the top ten, competing in TCR China and TCR Asia respectively.

The two brand new MG6 TCR cars both made it into Q2 in their first-ever competitive session, but Zhang Zhe and Rodolfo Ávila were 11th and 12th respectively, around two seconds off the pace. The cars are ineligible for points in either series this weekend.

Race one takes place at 15:50 local time (08:50 BST, 09:50 CEST).

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 1:33.906 0.000
2 77 Daniel LLOYD Dongfeng Honda MacPro Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 5 1:34.322 0.416
3 74 Pepe ORIOLA Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 1:34.570 0.664
4 81 Terry HUANG Chu Han Liqui Moly Team NewFaster Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:34.672 0.766
5 97 KIM Jin Soo Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 1:35.064 1.158
6 23 Diego MORAN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 1:35.230 1.324
7 88 Kenneth LOOK Liqui Moly Team NewFaster Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:35.310 1.404
8 4 Adam KHALID Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 1:35.337 1.431
9 55 Martin XIE Xin Zhe Dongfeng Honda MacPro Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 4 1:35.534 1.628
10 20 Daniel MIRANDA Eurasia Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 1:35.618 1.712
11 4 1:35.808 1.902
12 9 Rodolfo ÁVILA MG XPower MG 6 TCR 5 1:36.180 2.274

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 1:34.667 0.000
2 74 Pepe ORIOLA Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 1:34.801 0.134
3 81 Terry HUANG Chu Han Liqui Moly Team NewFaster Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 1:34.885 0.218
4 97 KIM Jin Soo Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 1:35.086 0.419
5 77 Daniel LLOYD Dongfeng Honda MacPro Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 7 1:35.118 0.451
6 23 Diego MORAN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 1:35.188 0.521
7 4 Adam KHALID Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 1:35.389 0.722
8 88 Kenneth LOOK Liqui Moly Team NewFaster Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:35.774 1.107
9 55 Martin XIE Xin Zhe Dongfeng Honda MacPro Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 9 1:35.957 1.290
10 18 ZHANG Zhen Dong MG XPower MG 6 TCR 9 1:36.045 1.378
11 20 Daniel MIRANDA Eurasia Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:36.103 1.436
12 9 Rodolfo ÁVILA MG XPower MG 6 TCR 7 1:36.323 1.656
13 3 Roland HERTNER Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:36.386 1.719
14 88 Kelvin WONG Kiang Kuan Elegant Racing Team CUPRA TCR 11 1:36.501 1.834
15 30 GAO Hua Yang Eurasia Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 1:36.609 1.942
16 12 ZOU Si Rui Dongfeng Honda MacPro Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 8 1:37.475 2.808
17 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing CUPRA TCR 9 1:38.798 4.131
18 48 James WONG Champ T.A. Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 1:38.810 4.143