Already on the basis of free practice, it could be expected that the WTCR overture in Zolder will not be the weekend of the Hyundai, but probably few would have dared to bet that only the reigning World Cup winner Norbert Michelisz will advance to Q2, where the Hungarian only 12 became directly behind last year ‘s rival Esteban Guerrieri.
The pole position was won by Nathanaël Berthon, who returned after a one-season miss, for the first time in her career. Behind the Comtoyou Racing audience, Lynk & Có’s Yann Ehrlacher and teammate rookie Gilles Magnus finished in front of two other Lynk & Có, Santiago Urrutia, who will also be unveiling this year, and four-time world champion Yvan Muller.
The best Hungarian was Attila Tassi, who was the fastest in the 7th place among the hondos – also from the four of Münnich Motorsport, while the newcomers of Zengő Motorsport, Bence Boldizs and Gábor Kismarty-Lechner in the 20th and 22nd starting blocks, respectively. qualified.
The main race will be held on Sunday from 10:30 and the reverse grid race from 14:15, the latter starting with Tassi’s teammate Néstor Girolami from the lead next to Alfa Romeo’s Jean-Karl Vernay. The morning race will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1, the afternoon on Eurosport 2 and both on Sport 1.
The end result of the time trial: