Néstor Girolami says that Münnich Motorsport know they need to improve after qualifying for the opening FIA World Touring Car Cup event at Zolder, where he was the second-best Honda driver.
Girolami’s team-mate Attila Tassi was the quickest Münnich Motorsport driver in qualifying, putting his Honda in seventh.
Second-best was Girolami, who claimed tenth, over six tenths off the best lap time in the second qualifying segment.
Although that gives the Argentine pole position for Sunday’s reverse-grid first race, he admits that the team needs to improve its pace after struggling to be within half a second of the best time on Saturday.
“Having the reversed-grid pole gives us a strong opportunity to start the season by scoring good points,” said Girolami, who pipped compatriot Esteban Guerrieri in Q2 by two tenths.
“We cannot be fully satisfied with the result, we want to be fighting for outright pole, but unfortunately this was the maximum today.
“Even though we were first in practice yesterday we knew that maybe the others were saving some speed, and today we have seen that.
“But it’s good that all of the ALL-INKL.COM and ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCRs are within one or two tenths of pace.
“I want to congratulate all members of the team for their support; we put four new cars on track on Thursday without rolling out and there have been almost no issues.
“We know that we have to improve, but let’s see how the weekend goes with the opportunity we have.”