Norbert Michelisz has been stripped of his fifth-placed grid slots for Sunday’s two races of the World Touring Car Championship at Brno after his Zengõ-Dension Team BMW 320TC failed post-scrutineering checks.
The Hungarian’s car was found to be 12 kilograms lighter than the required minimum weight, and his qualifying times were stripped as punishment.
Michelisz had qualified fifth-fastest for the opening ten-lap race at the Czech Republic, bit his exclusion now means that Volvo’s Robert Dahlgren will assume that grid position, with the remainder of the top-ten comprising Kristian Poulsen (Engstler BMW), 2009 champion Gabriele Tarquini (SUNRED SEAT), Darryl O’Young (Bamboo Engineering), Poulsen’s team-mate Franz Engstler and Michel Nykjær (SUNRED SEAT).
Nykjær is also the biggest beneficiary in Sunday’s second race, for Michelisz’ disqualification means he will now start from pole position as the new tenth-fastest driver in Q1.
Michelisz will start both races from the back of the grid.
Meanwhile, ROAL Motorsport driver Tom Coronel was celebrating a seemingly trouble-free day after qualifying well up the order for both races at Brno.
With BMW generally proving the car to have at this circuit, the Dutchman is well-placed to pick up the German marque’s first win of the season.
Check out some of his footage from qualifying: