Nestor Girolami took his third WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup pole position of the 2022 season in qualifying at Anneau du Rhin.
On the occasion of the WTCR’s first visit to the French circuit, the Honda Racing driver was fastest in both the second and third parts of qualifying as he scooped the maximum 10 points on offer with a fastest time of 1m26.546s.
That came as he saved his best for the end, choosing to run last in the shootout segment of qualifying.
As well as being his third pole position of the season, it was also the second in succession for ‘Bebu’ - who made up more ground in the Drivers’ standings, in which he sits second.
ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team-mate Esteban Guerrieri made the Q3 shootout session for a second weekend in a row, backing up fifth at Vallelunga with fourth in his Civic Type R TCR.
The Argentinian, who was second to his compatriot Nestor by 0.034 seconds in Q2, earned four points towards his own tally in the Drivers’ Championship and also helped ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport to make up ground in the Teams’ standings.
Tiago Monteiro scored his best qualifying performance of the season by taking sixth for LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler.
The Portuguese was a mere 0.077s from making it three Civic Type R TCRs in the pole position shootout with his time in Q2 - his small amount of frustration at that near-miss being tempered by a welcome return to the sharp end.
Team-mate Attila Tassi had to settle for 11th, but was unimpressed after being blocked on his final run in Q2 by cars that were on outlaps.
Attila’s pace was not in doubt, having been the quickest of the Honda quartet in both of Saturday’s practice sessions - a fact that made his place outside of the top 10, and a lack of action against those he had been blocked by, more difficult to take.