Tassi to start final ever WTCR race from pole
Honda Racing driver Attila Tassi will start the final race of the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup era in Jeddah from pole position.
The Hungarian showed fine pace across Saturday at the 3.450-kilometre circuit, ending both practice sessions in the top 10 on what proved a difficult day for the Civic Type R TCR drivers.
In the final qualifying session of the 2022 season - and for the WTCR, which will not continue in 2023 - Attila dragged his LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler Honda Civic Type R TCR to the 10th-fastest time in Q2 to bag the partially reversed-grid pole for Race Two.
Team-mate Tiago Monteiro ended the final qualifying session of a tricky campaign in 15th.
His best efforts to wring time out of the car were thwarted by vibrations that persisted throughout practice and qualifying, making his battle an uphill one.
Esteban Guerrieri ended Saturday with the best qualifying result among the Honda Racing quartet in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Civic Type R TCR.
In what was an ultra-close Q2 session, The Argentinian recorded the eighth-fastest time.
He will serve a three-place grid penalty in Race and line-up 11th but, like Attila, will have one final chance to add to his tally of podiums in the WTCR - which currently stands at 25 - from third on the grid in Race Two.
His team-mate Nestor Girolami’s run to the 12th-fastest time illustrated just how tough the battle facing the Civic Type R TCR drivers was in qualifying.
‘Bebu’, who will end 2022 with a record of three pole positions and two more top-three qualifying efforts, was unable to reproduce those results as his mathematical title hopes came to an end.
To compound that, his car did not have the minimum amount of fuel after qualifying and Nestor had all his lap times cancelled, meaning he will start both races from the back of the grid.
Sunday’s two races will both take place under floodlights at the Formula 1 Grand Prix venue. Race One starts at 7.40pm local time, with the curtain coming down on the WTCR with Race Two at 10.15pm.