Isidro Callejas snatches maiden pole position at the Nürburgring in TCR Europe

Isidro Callejas stormed to his maiden TCR Europe pole position in qualifying at the Nürburgring after getting the better of Franco Griolami and Q1 pace setter Niels Langeveld.

The young Spanish driver ended the session just 0.037 seconds ahead of championship frontrunner Girolami after setting his 2 minute 6.751 seconds time in the last seconds of the second section of the session on Saturday morning.

His pole was in danger of being taken away by Langeveld, however the Dutch driver could only manage third quickest, and was a further 0.048 seconds behind Girolami.

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Teddy Clairet ended the session fourth in the Team Clairet Sport Peugouet, with championship leader and fastest man in FP1 Mikel Azcona ending the session fourth despite a late attempt to move higher up the grid.

Tom Coronel ended Q2 in sixth, with Klim Gavrilov and Jáchym Galáš set to line up seventh and eighth for race one ahead of series returnee Viktor Davidovski.

Jack Young will start race two of the weekend on Sunday from pole position after he ended Q2 in tenth position.

Although Langeveld was the pace setter in Q1 for Sébastien Loeb Racing before ending Q2 in third, the team saw their three other drivers fail to make it through to the second section of qualifying.

Reigning champion Mehdi Bennani could only manage 13th quickest, while his teammate Sami Taoufik will start both races this weekend from 15th on the grid.

Felice Jelmini in the fourth of the quartet of Hyundai Elantra N TCR’s also struggled in Q1 and could only manage the 17th quickest time and will the start the race behind Jimmy Clairet who ended qualifying 16th fastest.

The rest of the grid was completed by Martin Ryba, Sylvain Pussier, Gilles Colombani and series debutant Łukasz Stolarczyk in his BTC Maszyny Audi.

Race one of the weekend is scheduled to get underway later today at 14:55 CEST (13:55 BST).

Q2 results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 26 Isidro CALLEJAS Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 4 2:06.751
2 72 Franco GIROLAMI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 4 2:06.788 0.037
3 10 Niels LANGEVELD Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 4 2:06.836 0.085
4 20 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 4 2:07.210 0.459
5 96 Mikel AZCONA Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 4 2:07.336 0.585
6 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 3 2:07.430 0.679
7 14 Klim GAVRILOV VRC-Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 4 2:07.674 0.923
8 24 Jáchym GALÁŠ Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 2:07.789 1.038
9 110 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 4 2:07.842 1.091
10 62 Jack YOUNG Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 4 2:07.904 1.153
11 162 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 4 2:07.966 1.215
12 8 Nicolas BAERT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 3 2:08.050 1.299

Q1 results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 10 Niels LANGEVELD Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 9 2:07.172
2 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 2:07.444 0.272
3 162 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 2:07.526 0.354
4 96 Mikel AZCONA Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 8 2:07.673 0.501
5 72 Franco GIROLAMI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 2:07.697 0.525
6 14 Klim GAVRILOV VRC-Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 2:07.710 0.538
7 110 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 2:07.774 0.602
8 20 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 8 2:07.785 0.613
9 26 Isidro CALLEJAS Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 6 2:07.838 0.666
10 8 Nicolas BAERT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 2:07.971 0.799
11 62 Jack YOUNG Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 7 2:08.065 0.893
12 24 Jáchym GALÁŠ Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 2:08.152 0.980
13 250 Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 9 2:08.172 1.000
14 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 2:08.198 1.026
15 25 Sami TAOUFIK Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 8 2:08.210 1.038
16 21 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 8 2:08.292 1.120
17 44 Felice JELMINI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 8 2:08.563 1.391
18 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 2:08.878 1.706
19 77 Sylvain PUSSIER Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 8 2:10.030 2.858
20 66 Gilles COLOMBANI Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 9 2:10.954 3.782
21 53 Lukas STOLARCZYK BTC Maszyny Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 2:11.649 4.477
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