Mitchell Cheah claims maiden pole position on TCR Germany return

Malaysia’s Mitchell Cheah claimed his first pole position in the ADAC TCR Germany series on his return to the championship, where he is standing in for Nico Gruber at the Red Bull Ring.

Cheah took part in the full season in 2019, but this weekend marks the young Malaysian’s first participation in the current season, where he is racing a Hyundai i30 N for Engstler Motorsport.

In Q1 it was actually Hyundai’s ‘VIP’ guest driver Patrick Simon, a journalist and commentator, who set the pace, with a time of 1 minute 38.051 seconds around the Austrian circuit.

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Cheah, who had been sixth in Q1, then went half a second quicker in Q2 to claim his first pole, ahead of Hyundai Team Engstler regular Antti Buri, who was a tenth slower.

2018 champion Harald Proczyk was third quickest, whilst Simon posted the fourth best time as Hyundai cars locked out the top four positions.

Guest driver and TCR Eastern Europe regular Sandro Soubek was fifth quickest in the series’ sole Audi, over six tenths off the pace.

René Kircher was the leading Volkswagen driver in sixth, ahead of HP Racing’s Jan Seyffert in seventh.

Championship leader Dominik Fugel was eifhth fastest in the leading Honda, whilst the top ten was completed by Lithuanian Dziugas Tovilavicius’ Volkswagen and the Honda of Marcel Fugel, with the German not posting a lap time in the session.

The reversed-grid for race two on Sunday will thus see Marcel Fugel line up on pole, with Tovilavicius alongside.

Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport return to the grid this weekend with three CUPRAs, and Team Principal Felix Wimmer was the quickest of the trio in 12th, just over a second and a half off the pace.

Race one is scheduled to get underway at 17:05 CEST (16:05 BST).

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 29 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 1:37.582 0.000
2 13 Antti BURI Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:37.691 0.109
3 2 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 1:37.994 0.412
4 102 Patrick SIMON Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 1:38.098 0.516
5 23 Sandro SOUBEK MAIR Racing Osttirol Audi RS3 LMS TCR 4 1:38.190 0.608
6 8 René KIRCHER Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 1:38.209 0.627
7 98 Jan SEYFFERT HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 1:38.252 0.670
8 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi Car Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 5 1:38.364 0.782
9 92 Dziugas TOVILAVICIUS SKUBA RACING TEAM Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 1:38.736 1.154
10 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 2 No time N/A

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 102 Patrick SIMON Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:38.051 0.000
2 13 Antti BURI Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:38.249 0.198
3 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi Car Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 1:38.276 0.225
4 2 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 1:38.507 0.456
5 23 Sandro SOUBEK MAIR Racing Osttirol Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 1:38.529 0.478
6 29 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 1:38.587 0.536
7 8 René KIRCHER Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 8 1:38.613 0.562
8 98 Jan SEYFFERT HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:39.125 1.074
9 92 Dziugas TOVILAVICIUS SKUBA RACING TEAM Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:39.327 1.276
10 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 1:39.380 1.329
11 17 Albert LEGUTKO Albert Legutko Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR 10 1:39.388 1.337
12 24 Felix WIMMER Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 9 1:39.590 1.539
13 21 Szymon LADNIAK GT2 Motorsports Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 8 1:39.683 1.632
14 56 Günter BENNINGER Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 13 1:40.417 2.366
15 99 Christian VOITHOFER Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 11 1:45.992 7.941
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