Jan Seyffert bags Sachsenring pole

HP Racing’s Jan Seyffert secured his first pole position in the ADAC TCR Germany series at the Sachsenring, as the Hyundai driver topped both parts of qualifying.

Seyffert was in complete control in the opening Q1 session, going more than a second clear of team-mate Harald Proczyk in a session where the pace was not hot due to the reduced field.

With just 11 cars taking part in this weekend’s event, following the absence of Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport, Lubner Motorsport and Szymon Ladniak which had bolstered the grid last time out, only one car was going to be knocked out of Q1.

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In the end, that was title contender Antti Buri, who was slowest of all in Q1, almost two seconds off the pace and a tenth slower than Albert Legutko in his Honda Civic FK2.

Having posted a time of 1 minute 26.792 seconds in Q1, Seyffert was unable to match the same pace in Q2, going two tenths slower with a lap of 1:26.963 but still good enough for pole.

René Kircher put his Volkswagen in second, 0.170 seconds behind Seyffert, as the rest of the field was more than half a second further back.

Nicolas Gruber put his Engstler Motorsport Hyundai in third, 0.641 seconds off the pace, ahead of the leading Honda of Marcel Fugel in fourth.

2018 champion Harald Proczyk was fifth, ahead of guest driver and Moto2 rider Marcel Schrötter in sixth, the German being eight tenths off the pace in his first-ever TCR qualifying session.

SKUBA Racing’s Dziugas Tovilavicius was seventh in his Volkswagen Golf, ahead of championship leader Dominik Fugel in eighth.

The top ten was completed by Positione Motorsport’s Harri Salminen in ninth and Albert Legutko in tenth, the latter claiming the reverse grid pole position for race two.

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 98 Jan SEYFFERT HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:26.963 0.000
2 8 René KIRCHER Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 1:27.133 0.170
3 97 Nicolas GRUBER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 1:27.604 0.641
4 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 3 1:27.721 0.758
5 2 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:27.727 0.764
6 123 Marcel SCHRÖTTER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:27.764 0.801
7 92 Dziugas TOVILAVICIUS SKUBA RACING TEAM Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 1:27.768 0.805
8 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi Car Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 6 1:27.793 0.830
9 51 Harri SALMINEN Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 1:28.455 1.492
10 17 Albert LEGUTKO Albert Legutko Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR 5 1:29.229 2.266

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 98 Jan SEYFFERT HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 1:26.792 0.000
2 2 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:27.927 1.135
3 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi Car Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 4 1:27.939 1.147
4 123 Marcel SCHRÖTTER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:28.015 1.223
5 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 4 1:28.075 1.283
6 51 Harri SALMINEN Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:28.079 1.287
7 8 René KIRCHER Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 1:28.182 1.390
8 97 Nicolas GRUBER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:28.226 1.434
9 92 Dziugas TOVILAVICIUS SKUBA RACING TEAM Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 8 1:28.441 1.649
10 17 Albert LEGUTKO Albert Legutko Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR 11 1:28.587 1.795
11 13 Antti BURI Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 1:28.690 1.898
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