Magnus and Engstler claim pole positions in FIA Motorsport Games

Magnus and Engstler claim pole positions in FIA Motorsport Games

Gilles Magnus
Photo: TCR Media

Germany’s Luca Engstler and Belgium’s Gilles Magnus secured pole positions for races one and two of the FIA Motorsport Games in Vallelunga, Italy, as the weather resulted in two very different qualifying results.

In first qualifying, held on a wet track, it was Engstler who topped the times with a lap of 1 minute 56.941 seconds, edging out Team Russia’s Klim Gavrilov by just over two tenths of a second.

Engstler would, however, suffer from a gearbox issue later in the session, which curtailed his running.

Team Slovakia’s Mat’o Homola was third, also in a Hyundai, ahead of Hong Kong’s Jim Ka to in fourth in the best of the Hondas.

Rory Butcher was an impressive fifth fastest in the still new MG6 TCR, whilst Tom Coronel put Team Netherlands in sixth in the second best Honda.

Second qualifying took place on a dry circuit, with lap times almost 17 seconds faster than earlier in the morning.

Team Belgium’s Magnus emerged as the fastest driver in his Audi, a lap of 1 minute 40.235 seconds putting him on top.

Gavrilov, the day’s best qualifier on average, as again second, making it an Audi 1-2 at the top of the times.

Coronel, easily the most experienced driver in the field, improved on his time earlier in the day to go third, ahead of Homola in fourth.

Team New Zealand’s Faine Kahia was an impressive fifth in his Audi, with Team Sweden’s Jessica Bäckman completing the top six.

First qualifying results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 8 Luca ENGSTLER Team Germany Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 1:56.941
2 14 Klim GAVRILOV Team Russia Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:57.172 0.231
3 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Team Slovakia Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:57.437 0.496
4 88 JIM Ka To Team Hong Kong Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 11 1:57.621 0.680
5 6 Rory BUTCHER Team United Kingdom MG6 TCR 13 1:57.644 0.703
6 33 Tom CORONEL Team Netherlands Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 14 1:57.718 0.777
7 27 John FILIPPI Team France CUPRA TCR 13 1:57.804 0.863
8 16 Gilles MAGNUS Team Belgium Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:57.977 1.036
9 59 Dušan KOURIL JR Team Czech Republic Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:58.173 1.232
10 25 Valters ZVIEDRIS Team Latvia Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 1:58.550 1.609
11 15 Norbert KISS Team Hungary Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 13 1:58.753 1.812
12 69 Enrico BETTERA Team Italy Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:58.855 1.914
13 55 Faine KAHIA Team New Zealand Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:59.058 2.117
14 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Team Sweden Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:59.235 2.294
15 21 Mason FILIPPI Team USA Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:59.594 2.653
16 11 Martin DE ANDRES Gonzalo Team Spain Peugeot 308 TCR 14 2:00.386 3.445
17 5 Julius ADOMAVICIUS Team Lithuania Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 2:01.101 4.160
18 18 Zhendong ZHANG Team China MG6 TCR 14 2:01.127 4.186
19 10 Kristian Moe SÆTHEREN Team Norway Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 13 2:01.743 4.802
20 35 Salem ALNUSIF Team Kuwait Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 2:02.881 5.940

Second qualifying results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 16 Gilles MAGNUS Team Belgium Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 1:40.235
2 14 Klim GAVRILOV Team Russia Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:40.730 0.495
3 33 Tom CORONEL Team Netherlands Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 15 1:41.011 0.776
4 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Team Slovakia Hyundai i30 N TCR 15 1:41.213 0.978
5 55 Faine KAHIA Team New Zealand Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 1:41.526 1.291
6 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Team Sweden Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:41.604 1.369
7 27 John FILIPPI Team France CUPRA TCR 13 1:41.643 1.408
8 88 JIM Ka To Team Hong Kong Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 12 1:41.701 1.466
9 69 Enrico BETTERA Team Italy Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 1:42.407 2.172
10 6 Rory BUTCHER Team United Kingdom MG6 TCR 13 1:42.422 2.187
11 21 Mason FILIPPI Team USA Hyundai i30 N TCR 15 1:42.467 2.232
12 35 Salem ALNUSIF Team Kuwait Audi RS3 LMS TCR 15 1:42.467 2.232
13 59 Dušan KOURIL JR Team Czech Republic Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:42.658 2.423
14 15 Norbert KISS Team Hungary Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 13 1:42.864 2.629
15 10 Kristian Moe SÆTHEREN Team Norway Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 16 1:43.069 2.834
16 18 Zhendong ZHANG Team China MG6 TCR 15 1:43.349 3.114
17 5 Julius ADOMAVICIUS Team Lithuania Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 1:43.388 3.153
18 25 Valters ZVIEDRIS Team Latvia Audi RS3 LMS TCR 15 1:43.688 3.453
19 11 Martin DE ANDRES Gonzalo Team Spain Peugeot 308 TCR 4 1:44.150 3.915
20 8 Luca ENGSTLER Team Germany Hyundai i30 N TCR 0 No time N/A