Thed Björk will start from pole position for the third and final FIA World Touring Car Cup race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife thanks to a record-breaking lap in Friday evening’s qualifying session.
The YMR Hyundai driver was provisionally second-fastest behind fellow i30 stablemate Norbert Michelisz after the field’s second flying lap attempts, but the Swede’s third and final lap proved unbeatable.
The reigning FIA WTCC title-holder posted a Sector 4 time over a second quicker than anyone else to clinch pole position, with his final effort smashing his own lap record posted in Thursday qualifying to the tune of more than three seconds.
A superb second place on the grid was claimed by Frédéric Vervisch in the Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS, who vaulted ahead of Michelisz on his final run. The Hungarian had to settle for third on the grid ahead of Björk’s teammate and Race 1 winner Yvan Muller.
The four-time WTCC champion qualified just one-hundredth of a second faster than his nephew Yann Ehrlacher; the Münnich Motorsport driver was the quickest of the field’s Honda Civic entrants.
Ehrlacher will head an all-Honda third row, joined by Boutsen Ginion Racing stand-in Benjamin Lessennes.
Race 1 podium finisher Rob Huff secured seventh-fastest in his Sébastien Loeb Racing VW Golf GTI, outpacing the second Münnich Honda of Esteban Guerrieri.
Wildcard driver René Rast was ninth-fastest and the quickest of the WRT Audi entries, while Campos Racing’s Pepe Oriola qualified tenth-fastest and will start his Cupra from the reversed-grid pole position for Race 2.
Having retired from Race 1 due to a heavy crash, championship leader Gabriele Tarquini will be on a damage limitation exercise from fourteenth on the grid in his BRC Racing Hyundai, one spot ahead of Gordon Shedden’s WRT Audi.
The second race is scheduled for 11:00 CEST, with Race 3 at 12:20 CEST (GMT +2).
|2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup Race of Germany – Races 2 & 3 Final Qualifying Results|
|1.||Thed Björk||MRacing – YMR||8:55.085|
|2.||Frédéric Vervisch||Audi Sport Team Comtoyou||8:56.125||+ 1.040|
|3.||Norbert Michelisz||BRC Racing Team||8:56.534||+ 1.449|
|4.||Yvan Muller||MRacing – YMR||8:56.739||+ 1.654|
|5.||Yann Ehrlacher||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||8:56.749||+ 1.664|
|6.||Benjamin Lessennes||Boutsen Ginion Racing||8:57.310||+ 2.225|
|7.||Rob Huff||Sébastien Loeb Racing||8:58.646||+ 3.561|
|8.||Esteban Guerrieri||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||8:58.708||+ 3.623|
|9.||René Rast||Audi Sport Team WRT||8:59.183||+ 4.098|
|10.||Pepe Oriola||Team OSCARO by Campos Racing||8:59.630||+ 4.545|
|11.||Jean-Karl Vernay||Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team||8:59.952||+ 4.867|
|12.||Nathanaël Berthon||Comtoyou Racing||8:59.952||+ 4.867|
|13.||Tom Coronel||Boutsen Ginion Racing||9:01.161||+ 6.076|
|14.||Gabriele Tarquini||BRC Racing Team||9:01.511||+ 6.426|
|15.||Gordon Shedden||Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team||9:01.702||+ 6.617|
|16.||Mehdi Bennani||Sébastien Loeb Racing||9:01.706||+ 6.621|
|17.||John Filippi||Team OSCARO by Campos Racing||9:01.834||+ 6.749|
|18.||Aurélien Panis||Comtoyou Racing||9:02.224||+ 7.139|
|19.||Mat’o Homola||DG Sport Compétition||9:02.836||+ 7.751|
|20.||James Thompson||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||9:02.917||+ 7.832|
|21.||Denis Dupont||Comtoyou Racing||9:03.360||+ 8.275|
|22.||Aurélien Comte||DG Sport Compétition||9:04.114||+ 9.029|
|23.||Gianni Morbidelli||Mulsanne SRL||9:04.894||+ 9.809|
|24.||Fabrizio Giovanardi||Mulsanne SRL||9:05.098||+ 10.013|
|25.||Norbert Nagy||Zengõ Motorsport||9:06.016||+ 10.931|
|26.||Zsolt Dávid Szabó||Zengõ Motorsport||9:06.116||+ 11.031|
|27.||Kris Richard||KCMG||9:07.147||+ 12.062|
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