WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup points leader Nestor Girolami took eighth in a shortened Nürburgring Nordschleife qualifying session.
Nestor was one of three Honda Racing drivers who experienced tyre delaminations in qualifying, but his effort still secured third place on the partially reversed Race One grid.
‘Bebu’ set his fastest time on his first lap of the 30-minute qualifying, which was preceded by a 15-minute test session to allow teams to sample new tyres brought by control supplier Goodyear.
He had been on course for a place in the top three at the time, but suffered a delamination in the final sector as his Civic Type R TCR’s right-hand fender also broke.
The ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport crew, who had earlier completed a splitter change on Nestor’s car at the start of the session, patched up the car to allow him a second attempt at the end of the session, but despite setting the fastest second sector of all he then had to back out of the lap when a car ahead crashed.
His team-mate Esteban Guerrieri was also unable to improve on his second lap and qualified 13th.
Esteban had some oversteer in his Civic Type R TCR on his first run and though he was not completely satisfied with the alterations made for his second run he was improving, until he went onto the grass at Flugplatz.
LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler pair Attila Tassi and Tiago Monteiro were both luckless, as each suffered delaminations of their own.
Attila, the pacesetter in Thursday evening’s FP2 session, was on course for an outstanding lap on his second run based on his times in the first four sectors.
But his issue on the front-left tyre - which came as he headed onto the long run on the Döttinger Hohe - left him dragging his Civic Type R TCR through Tiergarten just to finish the lap.
That meant having to rely on his first time, which in the end put him only 14th.
Team-mate Tiago was able to improve his time on the final lap, but running just behind his team-mate suffered his own delamination at a near-identical place to Attila.
That left him a frustrated and unrepresentative 16th.