Top 10 starting positions for Guerrieri and Girolami in France
Honda Racing duo Esteban Guerrieri and Nestor Girolami will have solid points within reach in Sunday’s WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup races at Pau-Arnos after both qualified in the top 10.
For a second weekend in a row the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport pair both looked a safe bet for a place in the top 10, with Esteban eventually edging his Argentinian compatriot by 0.051 seconds as they secured sixth and seventh.
Esteban, who also earned a bonus point for setting the fifth-fastest time in Q1, was just a tenth away from advancing his Honda Civic Type R TCR to the Q3 pole position shootout for a second round in succession.
He will start both races alongside the Championship leader, whom he trails by 25 points.
Nestor meanwhile continued his strong run of form by making the top 10 in qualifying for a third round in succession.
He will have the podium in sight in Race One, as he will start from fourth on the partially reversed grid.
Qualifying was one of contrasting results for the two drivers in the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport garage.
Tiago Monteiro was the best-placed in 11th, though his result was bittersweet as he qualified just three hundredths off 10th and pole for the partially reversed-grid race.
The Portuguese made a big stride with his car’s set-up before the session and ended Q2 barely a tenth behind his team-mates, but the tight nature of the pack was such that he was just the wrong side of the top-10 cut-off.
Team-mate Attila Tassi also made changes to his set-up ahead of qualifying but, despite being happy with the feel of his Civic Type R TCR, could not advance from Q1.
He will start both races from 18th, with the aim of making up as much ground as possible.