FIA WTCR RACE OF
Guia, 15-18 November 2018
WTCR – FIA World
Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO, Rounds 28-30 of 30
HUFF ON DHL POLE AS TARQUINI CRASHES IN WTCR
*High drama in
Macau as season showdown excitement grows
misses out as Michelisz completes top three
*Tse is best
wildcard on world’s toughest street track
Rob Huff secured his third DHL Pole Position of the WTCR – FIA World
Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO season as points leader Gabriele
Tarquini suffered a blow to his title hopes by crashing out in Q1 at
WTCR Race of Macau this afternoon.
The result also marked an eighth pole at Macau for Huff, who is bidding
for Suncity Group Guia Race victory number 10 on the
6.12-kilometre street circuit.
“I just wanted to reward the boys and end the season on a high,” said
Huff, who has also claimed the DHL Pole Position for Race 1. “We’ve
come here and stamped our mark again. I hit the wall on my lap because
I’d realised I had been too steady in sector one. It’s great.”
Tarquini in Q1
Drama struck in the closing moments of the 30-minute Q1 session when
Tarquini nosed his BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR into the wall. The
Italian was unable to restart his car and from a position of strength,
he now found himself unable to continue in qualifying. By the flag he had
dropped to a disastrous P14.
Huff topped the Q1 session with a lap of 2m29.333s, but with only the
top 12 progressing to Q2, inevitably there were others to suffer
disappointment among the bumper 31-car field. Those who just missed the
cut included WTCR OSCARO title contender Thed Björk, whose YMR team had
worked hard to repair his Hyundai after his crash in the opening
qualifying session earlier in the day. He was P13.
Along with Björk and Tarquini, others to miss out included Comtoyou
Racing’s Aurélien Panis in P15, Ma Qing Hua in P16, John Filippi and
Gordon Shedden, while those breathing a sigh of relief by making the
cut were Nathanaël Berthon in P12, Kevin Ceccon and Frédéric Vervisch
just ahead of him and former DTM champion Timo Scheider, who progressed
comfortably with the ninth fastest time.
to dominate with Q2 best
In the 15-minute Q2 session, Huff continued to dominate the top of the
timesheets with a 2m29.207s best. Joining him in the Q3 top-five
shoot-out would be Jean-Karl Vernay, Yann Ehrlacher, Norbert Michelisz
and Esteban Guerrieri.
WTCR OSCARO title contender Yvan Muller, who is second in the points to
Tarquini, just missed out on Q3 in sixth, while there was joy for
Scheider who claimed the Race 2 reverse-grid DHL Pole Position by
qualifying in P10.
Position shootout recap: Guerrieri first, Huff fastest
Argentine Guerrieri was the first to go in the Q3 shootout, the
ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver setting a benchmark of 2m30.034s
in his Honda Civic Type R TCR. Michelisz was next to go, but the BRC
Racing Team Hyundai couldn’t match Guerrieri’s time, the Hungarian
missing out by 0.184s.
Ehrlacher then attempted to knock his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
team-mate from the top, but he proved slower than Michelisz.
Vernay was next in his Audi, the Frenchman showing plenty of commitment
on his lap. But he was another to fall short, his time proving only
good enough for third behind Guerrieri and Michelisz.
Finally, it was Huff’s turn. After dominating the timesheets up to this
point, expectations were high that he’d claim the DHL pole for Race 3
on Sunday. The Briton lost a wing mirror on his Golf, such was his
commitment, but sure enough the top spot was his, by 0.374s from
Guerrieri, Michelisz, Vernay and Ehrlacher.
Guerrieri’s effort means he has the best qualifying average out of all
WTCR drivers in 2018, while Björk scored the most DHL Pole Positions of
all with six.
The first race of WTCR Race of Macau takes place on Saturday at 14h25
local time. Races 2 and 3 takes place on Sunday from 08h20 and 11h00
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