Mike Halder scored his second outright pole position in TCR Europe at the Norisring on Saturday, with the Halder motorsport driver describing his home pole as a ‘dream come true’.
The German, who counts the Nuremberg race as his home circuit, beat Italian Felice Jelmini to the top time in Saturday morning’s qualifying session on the short street circuit by just 0.031 seconds.
Halder already has three victories in the European series to his name, and after a difficult start to the 2022 season, he sits just 13th in the drivers’ championship standings.
As such, Halder says he is targeting a victory in race one later on Saturday, although he is also eyeing up a strong result for his self-run team, with team-mate Jack Young starting in second on the grid for Sunday’s reverse-grid race.
“It’s very nice to be here in Germany on pole position,” said Halder. “It’s a dream come true here at Norisring, a street circuit, for us German guys it’s like a small Monaco so it’s very nice.
“I’m very happy for all the team, they did a very good job and tomorrow with Jack on P2 we will also have a car on the front row, so it’s very good.
“For tomorrow I will give my best. For sure I would like to win the race, we have the best starting position so it could not be better – we will do our best.”
Race one is scheduled to get underway at 17:40 CEST (16:40 BST) and will be streamed live on YouTube.