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Norbert Michelisz secures first pole of TCR World Tour era

Norbert Michelisz secured the first pole position of the new TCR World Tour era, edging out BRC Hyundai team-mate Mikel Azcona by just 0.035 seconds in TCR Europe qualifying at the Algarve Circuit.

Michelisz had earlier been fourth fastest in Q1, more than half a second adrift of the pace, before ending up as the top driver in Q2.

It is the first time all weekend that the Comtoyou Racing Audis have not topped the timesheets, with reigning FIA WTCR champion Azcona making it a Hyundai 1-2 at the top of the times.

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Rob Huff was the best Audi driver in third, a mere 0.010 seconds behind Azcona, ahead of Audi Sport Team Comtoyou team-mate Frédéric Vervisch in fourth.

Néstor Girolami put the brand new Honda Civic in fifth for ALM Motorsport, the Argentine lapping closer to the pace than any other point this weekend, but only ending up with a third row starting position.

Ma Qing Hua was the leading Cyan Racing Lynk & Co driver in sixth, just under three tenths off the pace.

The top TCR Europe driver was Comtoyou’s Tom Coronel in seventh, as just three of the TCR Europe entrants made it through to Q2.

Thed Björk put his Lynk & Co in eighth, whilst the top ten was completed by Comtoyou’s Kobe Pauwels and Cyan’s Santiago Urrutia.

Thus, Urrutia has secured the reverse-grid pole position for race two, with TCR rookie Pauwels alongside in his Audi.

Two-time WTCR champion Yann Ehrlacher just missed out on tenth by 0.019 seconds, thus leaving the Frenchman to start 11th for both races, with Comtoyou’s John Filippi alongside in 12th.

With all of the TCR World Tour entrants progressing to Q2, it left most of the TCR Europe field going no further than Q1.

Comtoyou’s Viktor Davidovski just missed out on progressing and was 13th, with Dušan Borković, who declared himself to be a little ‘rusty’, in 14th in his Target Competition Hyundai.

Race one starts at 14:20 WEST / BST (15:20 CEST).

Q2 results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 105 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 5 1:51.297
2 196 Mikel AZCONA BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 5 1:51.332 0.035
3 179 Rob HUFF Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 5 1:51.342 0.045
4 122 Frédéric VERVISCH Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 4 1:51.440 0.143
5 129 Néstor GIROLAMI ALM Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FL5 TCR 4 1:51.493 0.196
6 155 MA Qing Hua Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 FL TCR 4 1:51.574 0.277
7 34 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 4 1:51.604 0.307
8 111 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 FL TCR 5 1:51.693 0.396
9 22 Kobe PAUWELS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 4 1:51.708 0.411
10 112 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 FL TCR 4 1:51.726 0.429
11 168 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 FL TCR 3 1:51.745 0.448
12 27 John FILIPPI Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 5 1:51.841 0.544

Q1 results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 122 Frédéric VERVISCH Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 9 1:51.021
2 196 Mikel AZCONA BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 9 1:51.320 0.299
3 179 Rob HUFF Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 9 1:51.479 0.458
4 105 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 8 1:51.575 0.554
5 129 Néstor GIROLAMI ALM Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FL5 TCR 9 1:51.615 0.594
6 155 MA Qing Hua Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 FL TCR 8 1:51.650 0.629
7 22 Kobe PAUWELS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 9 1:51.695 0.674
8 168 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 FL TCR 8 1:51.701 0.680
9 112 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 FL TCR 8 1:51.736 0.715
10 34 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 8 1:51.737 0.716
11 27 John FILIPPI Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 9 1:51.791 0.770
12 111 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 FL TCR 9 1:52.241 1.220
13 11 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 9 1:52.416 1.395
14 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 9 1:52.485 1.464
15 10 Viktor ANDERSSON MA:GP Lynk & Co 03 TCR 6 1:52.489 1.468
16 19 Felipe FERNÁNDEZ Gil RC2 Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 9 1:52.591 1.570
17 39 Lewis BROWN Volcano Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 8 1:52.751 1.730
18 23 Isaac SMITH Volcano Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 8 1:52.824 1.803
19 71 Ben BARGWANNA Team Clairet Sport – Burson Auto Parts Racing Peugeot 308 TCR 10 1:52.867 1.846
20 12 Rubén FERNÁNDEZ Gil RC2 Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 9 1:52.892 1.871
21 8 Nicola BALDAN Aggressive Team Italia Hyundai Elantra N TCR 10 1:53.108 2.087
22 48 Mikael KARLSSON Aggressive Team Italia Hyundai Elantra N TCR 10 1:53.369 2.348
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