FIA WTCR RACE OF
Guia, 15-18 November 2018
WTCR – FIA World
Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO, Rounds 28-30 of 30
KING OF MACAU HUFF LANDS WTCR DHL POLE WITH LAST-GASP
*Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen driver pips Guerrieri to
Muller third as team-mate Björk crashes
eighth quickest, Couto fastest wildcard
Rob Huff left it late in First Qualifying at WTCR Race of Macau to
claim the DHL Pole Position for Race 1 at the Circuito da Guia this
ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport’s Esteban Guerrieri had already
celebrated being fastest in the pitlane, when the Sébastien Loeb Racing
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR flashed across the line to bump the Honda Civic
Type R TCR from the top spot. Huff lowered his own Macau record with a
2m29.090s lap to secure the DHL pole as he bids for a record-extending
win number 10 on the 6.12-kilometre street circuit.
“The races are something else around here, but I’ve given myself the
best chance to go for the win,” said a delighted Huff. “That is for the
team. We’ve had some rotten luck this year and our place in the
championship doesn’t reflect our pace.
“It just shows you shouldn’t gamble too early in Macau,” he added about
his last-gasp effort. “I knew I had something left in the bag, and
nailed the last two sectors.”
Behind Guerrieri, Yvan Muller was third fastest in his YMR Hyundai i30
N TCR, as the Frenchman bids to overhaul fellow veteran Gabriele
Tarquini to claim the inaugural WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup
presented by OSCARO title this weekend. But Muller wasn’t happy
following a moment with Guerrieri out on the circuit.
Muller’s nephew Yann Ehrlacher was fourth in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich
Motorsport Honda, but the Frenchman knew before the 40-minute session
began that he will start Race 1 from the back, following an engine
change since the last round at Suzuka.
Jean-Karl Vernay, quickest in the first free practice session on
Thursday, set the fifth fastest time in his Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil
Team entry, from Huff’s team-mate Mehdi Bennani.
WTCR OSCARO points leader Tarquini qualified a solid eighth behind his
BRC Racing team-mate Norbert Michelisz. Audi Sport Team Comtoyou’s
Frédéric Vervisch and Team OSCARO by Campos Racing’s Cupra TCR of Pepe
Oriola completed the top 10.
The session was interrupted by a red flag following an accident for
Muller’s team-mate Thed Björk. The Swede dented both his WTCR OSCARO
title hopes and his Hyundai by catching the tyre wall on the exit of
the fast Fisherman’s Bend. Comtoyou Racing’s Aurélien Panis was also in
the wars after nosing hard into a tyre wall.
Of the Macau wildcard entries, André Couto proved the fastest, the
MacPro Racing Honda setting a time good enough for P25 in the 31-car
field. Filipe Souza was next up in Champ Motorsport’s Audi RS 3 LMS,
ahead of Teamwork Motorsport’s Kevin Tse.
Second Qualifying WTCR Race of Macau takes place from 13h35 local time.
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