Rob Huff secures comfortable Hungaroring pole position

Rob Huff claimed his first pole position with Zengő Motorsport in qualifying for the FIA World Touring Car Cup at the Hungaroring, comfortably beating Cyan Racing’s Santiago Urrutia to the top time.

Having been in the top ten in both of the earlier practice sessions, Huff started qualifying in strong form, putting his CUPRA in fourth in Q1, just two tenths from the pace.

The Brit then found an additional second in Q2 to top the times by over half a second with the fastest lap of the weekend thus far.

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Opting to go out second in Q3, Huff put in another strong lap to claim his first WTCR pole position since 2019 by just under three tenths of a second.

Urrutia put his Lynk & Co in second, having edged out home hero Norbert Michelisz, who was the fastest Hyundai driver in third, three-and-a-half tenths from pole.

Münnich Motorsport’s Néstor Girolami continued his strong Hungaroring form to end up as the best Honda driver in fourth, narrowly ahead of a frustrated Thed Björk in fifth, the Swede making it through to Q3 for the second successive event.

A flurry of late improvements in Q2 meant that Mikel Azcona failed to progress into the final part of qualifying, the CUPRA driver being just a tenth of a second away from the cut-off point.

Reigning champion Yann Ehrlacher put his Lynk & Co in seventh, just 0.014 seconds ahead of his Uncle and Cyan Racing team-mate Yvan Muller in eighth.

The top ten was completed by the Comtoyou Racing Audis of Frédéric Vervisch and Gilles Magnus, with the RS3 cars having been unable to replicate their impressive pace from practice.

Nevertheless, the result gives young Belgian Magnus the reverse-grid pole position for race one.

Nathanaël Berthon, who had been fastest in the earlier second practice session, could only find an additional three tenths of a second and was 11th, where he will start both of Sunday’s races, ahead of the second Honda of Esteban Guerrieri in 12th.

Several big names failed to progress beyond Q1, with Honda’s Tiago Monteiro in 13th, whilst championship leader Jean-Karl Vernay was a disappointing 16th, as six of the seven Hyundai Elantra cars failed to get out of the first part of qualifying.

Q3 results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 79 Rob HUFF Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 3 1:51.993
2 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 3 1:52.290 0.297
3 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 3 1:52.342 0.349
4 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 3 1:52.534 0.541
5 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 3 1:52.538 0.545

Q2 results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 79 Rob HUFF Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 5 1:51.528
2 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 5 1:52.084 0.556
3 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 5 1:52.193 0.665
4 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 3 1:52.198 0.670
5 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 5 1:52.205 0.677
6 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 5 1:52.278 0.750
7 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 5 1:52.325 0.797
8 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 5 1:52.339 0.811
9 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:52.393 0.865
10 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:52.522 0.994
11 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 4 1:52.533 1.005
12 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 5 1:52.732 1.204

Q1 results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 7 1:52.284
2 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 1:52.510 0.226
3 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 7 1:52.513 0.229
4 79 Rob HUFF Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 8 1:52.514 0.230
5 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 7 1:52.559 0.275
6 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 7 1:52.567 0.283
7 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:52.619 0.335
8 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 1:52.749 0.465
9 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 7 1:52.792 0.508
10 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:52.794 0.510
11 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 7 1:52.799 0.515
12 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 9 1:52.811 0.527
13 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 1:52.843 0.559
14 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 9 1:52.946 0.662
15 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai Elantra N TCR 9 1:53.100 0.816
16 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai Elantra N TCR 9 1:53.224 0.940
17 3 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 9 1:53.368 1.084
18 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:53.700 1.416
19 28 Jordi GENÉ Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 8 1:53.733 1.449
20 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 8 1:53.960 1.676
21 82 Nicola BALDAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 9 1:54.072 1.788
22 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 8 1:54.205 1.921
23 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 5 No time N/A
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