Nestor Girolami will start a WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup race from pole position for a third time in 2020, as his title hopes received a boost during qualifying at the Slovakiaring.
‘Bebu’, who has already started from pole at Zolder and the Nürburgring, finished 10th in the second part of qualifying – ensuring his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR will start Sunday’s reversed-grid race from the front of the grid.
With his points-leading rival due to start all three races from 15th, the Argentinian has a prime opportunity to make up ground in the title fight, having also qualified seventh for the opening race.
His team-mate Esteban Guerrieri secured the best qualifying result for any of the four Honda Civic Type R TCRs, ending Q2 an excellent sixth, less than two tenths away from a place in the pole position shootout.
Esteban, last year’s WTCR runner-up, felt he extracted the maximum from the Civic Type R TCR on his one Q2 run in securing sixth, having earlier qualified ninth for Sunday’s opening race.
Attila Tassi made it three Honda Civic Type R TCRs in the second part of qualifying by finishing 11th in Q1, but a small mistake on his first Q2 run meant he touched the wall and was unable to complete the session.
The Hungarian will therefore start the second and third races from 12th, though rain forecast for Sunday would offer him a chance to make up ground.
Tiago Monteiro was 13th in the first part of qualifying in his ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Civic Type R TCR, just missing out on a spot in Q2.
Despite being bumped from the cutoff for the second session after the chequered flag had fallen in Q1, the Portuguese driver was nevertheless happy with the improvements he and the team had made during Saturday.