Nico Gruber storms to Hockenheimring pole

Nico Gruber flew to his first pole position of the season in the ADAC TCR Germany series at the Hockenheimring ahead of Jan Seyffert.

The Hyundai Team Engstler driver set a time of 1 minute 48.019 seconds early in Q2, with his nearest challenger being fellow Hyundai driver Seyffert 0.516 seconds behind.

Third place on the grid for round five went to Felix Wimmer who set a fine time on the Cupra León Competición TCR’s first appearance in the championship and was just 0.059 seconds adrift of Seyffert ahead.

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Championship leader Dominik Fugel had a Q2 to forget, however. Both him and rival Antti Buri scraped into the second part of qualifying with the German driver then not taking part in the 10-minute session, leaving him to start tomorrow’s race down in 10th, although will have the reverse grid pole for Sunday.

Buri on the other hand did recover from his scare in Q1 to take fourth ahead of series debutant Philipp Walsdorf in fifth in one of the returning Lubner Motorsport prepared Opel Astra TCR’s.

Sixth fastest was the leading Volkswagen driver René Kircher, who was just 0.150 seconds behind Walsdorf, with the top 10 being completed by Marcel Fugel, second in the championship standings Harald Proczyk, Harri Salminen and Fugel.

Dziugas Tovilavicius was the first driver to miss out on Q2 and was 11th quickest with Albert Legutko setting the 12th fastest time 0.232 seconds behind.

The grid for tomorrows race was completed by Steffen Redlich in the second of the Astra’s, Niki Schelle, Szymon Ladniak and Günter Benninger who had his fastest lap time deleted due to a track limits infringement.

Race one at the Hockenheimring is set to take place at 11:50 CEST on Saturday (10:50 BST).

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 97 Nicolas GRUBER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 1:48.019 0.000
2 98 Jan SEYFFERT HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 1:48.535 0.516
3 24 Felix WIMMER Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 5 1:48.594 0.575
4 13 Antti BURI Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:48.618 0.599
5 84 Philipp WALSDORF Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 3 1:48.828 0.809
6 8 René KIRCHER Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 1:48.978 0.959
7 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 5 1:49.531 1.512
8 2 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 1:49.595 1.576
9 51 Harri SALMINEN Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 1:50.018 1.999
10 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi Car Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 0 No time N/A

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 8 René KIRCHER Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 1:48.357 0.000
2 24 Felix WIMMER Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 9 1:48.751 0.394
3 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 6 1:49.140 0.783
4 84 Philipp WALSDORF Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 10 1:49.175 0.818
5 2 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:49.348 0.991
6 98 Jan SEYFFERT HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:49.366 1.009
7 97 Nicolas GRUBER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 1:49.403 1.046
8 51 Harri SALMINEN Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:49.456 1.099
9 13 Antti BURI Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 1:49.553 1.196
10 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi Car Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 7 1:49.568 1.211
11 92 Dziugas TOVILAVICIUS SKUBA RACING TEAM Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 1:49.944 1.587
12 17 Albert LEGUTKO Albert Legutko Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR 8 1:50.176 1.819
13 6 Steffen REDLICH Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 11 1:50.223 1.866
14 101 Niki SCHELLE Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:50.656 2.299
15 21 Szymon LADNIAK GT2 Motorsports Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 1:50.674 2.317
16 56 Günter BENNINGER Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 9 1:51.694 3.337
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