Dominik Fugel secures Sachsenring pole for TCR Germany finale

Dominik Fugel secures Sachsenring pole for TCR Germany finale

Dominik Fugel
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Dominik Fugel took pole position in qualifying for the season finale of the TCR Germany series at the Sachsenring, edging out fellow Honda driver Mike Halder by less than as tenth of a second.

Fugel topped both the Q1 and Q2 sessions, initially with a lap time of 1 minute 38.893 seconds in Q1 before ending up with a 1 minute 39.428 seconds in Q2.

The German is not in contention for the title, with Halder being the best-placed of the title contenders alongside him on the front row.

Reigning champion Harald Proczyk was the leading Hyundai driver in third, ahead of title rival Antti Buri’s Audi in fourth.

Moroccan racer Sami Taoufik was an impressive fifth fastest on both his and Comtoyou Racing’s début in the series, ahead of series leader Max Hesse’s Hyundai in sixth.

Hesse was notably more than a second and a half off the pace in Q2, which took place on less favourable track conditions than Q1 late in the day in Eastern Germany.

Theo Coicaud was seventh behind his Hyundai Team Engstler team-mate, ahead of series returnee René Münnich in eighth.

Completing the top ten, and securing the reverse-grid front row for Sunday’s second race, were Marcel Fugel and series newcomer Philipp Regensperger, the latter taking the race two pole.

Race one gets underway at 13:15 CEST (12:15 BST) on Saturday.

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 6 1:39.428 0.000
2 7 Mike HALDER Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 6 1:39.521 0.093
3 1 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:40.495 1.067
4 13 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 1:40.519 1.091
5 25 Sami TAOUFIK Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:40.596 1.168
6 19 Max HESSE Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 1:41.058 1.630
7 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 1:41.060 1.632
8 77 René MÜNNICH ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 5 1:41.251 1.823
9 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR 5 1:41.304 1.876
10 20 Philipp REGENSPERGER Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 6 1:41.375 1.947
11 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 6 1:41.468 2.040
12 22 Julien APOTHÉLOZ TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 6 1:41.937 2.509

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 1:38.893 0.000
2 7 Mike HALDER Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 9 1:39.894 1.001
3 25 Sami TAOUFIK Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:40.668 1.775
4 77 René MÜNNICH ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 12 1:40.978 2.085
5 13 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:40.992 2.099
6 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:41.048 2.155
7 19 Max HESSE Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:41.145 2.252
8 1 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:41.251 2.358
9 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 12 1:41.449 2.556
10 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR 7 1:41.495 2.602
11 20 Philipp REGENSPERGER Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 13 1:41.794 2.901
12 22 Julien APOTHÉLOZ TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 13 1:42.050 3.157
13 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport 2 CUPRA TCR 13 1:42.131 3.238
14 29 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie VW Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:42.310 3.417
15 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 15 1:42.494 3.601
16 8 René KIRCHER racing one Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:42.845 3.952
17 98 Jan SEYFFERT Lubner Motorsport LADA Vesta TCR 12 1:43.064 4.171
18 99 Maurits SANDBERG VW Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 1:43.699 4.806
19 32 James BISCHOF Young Driver Challenge CUPRA TCR 14 1:43.862 4.969
20 48 Sophie HOFMANN TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 12 1:48.142 9.249