Franco Girolmai holds off Jack Young to take Monza race one pole

Championship contender Franco Girolami held off Jack Young to take pole position for race one in the TCR Europe series at Monza.

Girolami, who currently sits second in the title standings going into this weekend behind Mikel Azcona, topped Q2 on Saturday morning just 0.010 seconds faster than Young with a time of 1 minute 57.073.

The pair had also been the pacesetters in Q1, however it was the Brutal Fish Racing driver who ended the first session fastest, with the pair having earlier been split by just 0.005 seconds at the top of the timesheets.

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Behind the leading duo in Q2 was Felice Jelmini in the first of the Sebastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantras, with the Italian driver moving up the grid in his final run of the session and he ended the session a further quarter of a second behind Young to take third on the grid.

Lining up fourth for race one of the weekend is Tom Coronel in the ComToYou Racing Audi after the Dutch driver managed a time of 1 minute 57.771, with pole sitter at the Nurburgring last time out Isidro Callejas set to start race one in Italy in fifth in the second Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda.

Sixth for race one will be Dušan Borković after the Serbian was another late mover up the grid after improving his position on his final run of the session, while championship leader Mikel Azcona – who could mathematically win his second TCR Europe title this weekend – could only manage seventh quickest for race one and was over eight tenths of a second slower than pole sitter Girolami.

Jimmy Clairet was eighth quickest and over three tenths slower than Azcona ahead, while FP2 pacesetter Mat’o Homola took ninth in Q2.

Tenth fastest and therefore lining up on pole for Sunday’s reverse grid race two will be Nicolas Baert, with the ComToYou Racing man comfortably quicker than both Jáchym Galáš and series debutant Bartosz Groszek – the Polish driver will line up for both races in Q2 after impressively making it through the opening section of qualifying in the Horňak-Aditis Racing Team Audi.

Baert had earlier set a quicker time of 1 minute 58.107 however it was deleted due to track limit infringements that means he was dropped to tenth on the grid for race one.

Q1 had also earlier been red flagged with just a few seconds remaining due to Galáš, who did return to the track for Q2, appearing to stop in the opening sector of the Italian circuit on his final run.

Martin Ryba missed out on Q2 by less than two tenths of a second and will line up 13th as a result, while Teddy Clairet and Sami Taoufik completed the top 15 positions in qualifying in Italy.

Race one at Monza is set to get underway at 13:05 CEST (12:05 BST).

Q2 results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 72 Franco GIROLAMI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 5 1:57.073
2 62 Jack YOUNG Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 5 1:57.083 0.010
3 44 Felice JELMINI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 6 1:57.333 0.260
4 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:57.771 0.698
5 26 Isidro CALLEJAS Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 5 1:57.793 0.720
6 162 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:57.865 0.792
7 96 Mikel AZCONA Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 5 1:57.947 0.874
8 21 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 6 1:58.265 1.192
9 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:58.270 1.197
10 8 Nicolas BAERT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:58.316 1.243
11 24 Jáchym GALÁŠ Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 1:59.338 2.265
12 97 Bartosz GROSZEK Horňak-Aditis Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:59.805 2.732

Q1 results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 62 Jack YOUNG Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 7 1:57.548
2 72 Franco GIROLAMI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 7 1:57.553 0.005
3 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 1:57.861 0.313
4 96 Mikel AZCONA Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 9 1:58.026 0.478
5 21 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 8 1:58.194 0.646
6 26 Isidro CALLEJAS Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 7 1:58.464 0.916
7 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:58.540 0.992
8 97 Bartosz GROSZEK Horňak-Aditis Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:58.637 1.089
9 24 Jáchym GALÁŠ Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:58.670 1.122
10 44 Felice JELMINI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 8 1:58.726 1.178
11 8 Nicolas BAERT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 7 1:58.842 1.294
12 162 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:58.857 1.309
13 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 7 1:59.035 1.487
14 20 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 8 1:59.048 1.500
15 25 Sami TAOUFIK Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 8 1:59.050 1.502
16 110 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 7 1:59.056 1.508
17 14 Klim GAVRILOV VRC-Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 1:59.213 1.665
18 16 Evgenii LEONOV Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 8 1:59.240 1.692
19 10 Niels LANGEVELD Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 8 1:59.338 1.790
20 250 Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 8 1:59.344 1.796
21 77 Sylvain PUSSIER Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 9 1:59.518 1.970
22 101 Sergio LÓPEZ RC2 Junior Team CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 8 2:00.336 2.788
23 5 Rubén FERNÁNDEZ RC2 Junior Team CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 7 2:00.504 2.956
24 66 Gilles COLOMBANI Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 9 2:00.572 3.024
25 81 Damiano REDUZZI Trico WRT Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 2:00.861 3.313
26 53 Lukas STOLARCZYK BTC Maszyny Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 2:01.227 3.679
27 11 Gustav BIRCH Brian Madsen Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 9 2:01.854 4.306
28 38 Petr ČÍŽEK Horňak-Aditis Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 2:02.514 4.966
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