Esteban Guerrieri took a strong fifth place in qualifying for Sunday’s WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup races at the Hungaroring.
The Argentinian hauled his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Civic Type R TCR - carrying the maximum 40kg compensation weight - into the pole position shootout with his sole lap in Q2, beating the cutoff by 0.054 seconds as 0.174s covered the top six in an ultra-tight qualifying.
A track limits infringement meant his lap in Q3 was discounted, but he still secured a top-five place on the grid for Sunday’s opening race, plus two bonus points for setting the fifth-fastest time across all three qualifying sessions.
Team-mate and points leader Nestor Girolami was three tenths further back in that Q2 session and will line up seventh for the opening race once penalties for others are applied.
Like his compatriot Esteban, ‘Bebu’ was inside the top 10 throughout Saturday’s sessions and eighth in qualifying means he will start Race Two from third on the partially reversed grid.
The day was a difficult one for LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler pair Attila Tassi and Tiago Monteiro, who ended up 14th and 17th.
FP1 and an extended FP2 session represented the first chance for Attila and Tiago to sample the new specification of front-tyre compound, introduced in Hungary at the recommendation of control tyre supplier Goodyear, while others had been able to sample it in a test at the Slovakiaring earlier this week.
Though Attila’s ninth place in FP2 hinted at the pace available, there was to be no advance to Q2 for the home favourite as both he and Tiago were eliminated in a Q1 session where a second covered the entire field.