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Guerrieri takes pole in rain-hit WTCR Nurburgring qualifying session

Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda Nurburgring WTCR 2019

Championship leader Esteban Guerrieri sealed pole position for the opening World Touring Car Cup Nurburgring Nordschleife race in a qualifying session that was badly disrupted by weather conditions.

The 25 drivers to set times all recorded their best efforts on their first runs, as a combination of a 'code 60' zone, which limits cars to 60km/h at a designated point, and the arrival of heavy rain at the end of the session prevented any improvements.

Guerrieri was the first driver to record a time and sealed pole by an impressive six seconds, setting a time of 10m30.955s in his Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R.

Mikel Azcona crashed his PWR Cupra at Bergwerk in the fourth sector, which prompted a Code 60 zone to be enforced while marshals attempted to recover his car.

That proved difficult, though, as Azcona's car was stuck in gear, and officials eventually announced the car would remain in the same place until the end of the session - at which point a green track was declared.

However, that coincided with the arrival of a heavy shower on the grand prix loop as the majority of the field headed out for second attempts - catching a number of drivers who had opted for slick front tyres out, and effectively rendering any improvements impossible.

Guerrieri's lap put him 6.032s clear of Hyundai's leading title prospect Norbert Michelisz, whose Hyundai i30 N ended up 0.156s clear of Nestor Girolami in the second Munnich Motorsport Honda.

Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Audi Nurburgring WTCR 2019

Frederic Vervisch was one of those to crash on his final effort, but his first lap had been good enough to secure fourth in his Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS.

The Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03s of Thed Bjork and Yvan Muller were sixth and seventh, ahead of Jean-Karl Vernay (WRT Audi) and the Cyan Performance Lynk & Co of Yann Ehrlacher.

First practice pacesetter Rob Huff was ninth in his Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI, 9.424s off the pace, after tagging Gordon Shedden when he was held up by the WRT Audi, while Benjamin Leuchter completed the top 10 in his SLR VW.

Qualifying result

PosDriverTeamCarGap
1Esteban GuerrieriMunnich MotorsportHonda10m30.955s
2Norbert MicheliszBRC Squadra CorseHyundai6.032s
3Nestor GirolamiMunnich MotorsportHonda6.188s
4Frederic VervischComtoyou AudiAudi7.405s
5Thed BjorkCyan RacingLynk & Co8.132s
6Yvan MullerCyan RacingLynk & Co8.401s
7Jean-Karl VernayWRTAudi8.923s
8Yann EhrlacherCyan PerformanceLynk & Co9.417s
9Rob HuffSLR VW MotorsportVolkswagen9.424s
10Benjamin LeuchterSLR VolkswagenVolkswagen9.970s
11Gabriele TarquiniBRC Squadra CorseHyundai10.176s
12Johan KristofferssonSLR VolkswagenVolkswagen11.312s
13Nicky CatsburgBRC Racing TeamHyundai11.388s
14Antti BuriLMS RacingAudi11.550s
15Mehdi BennaniSLR VW MotorsportVolkswagen12.131s
16Augusto FarfusBRC Racing TeamHyundai12.228s
17Andy PriaulxCyan PerformanceLynk & Co12.688s
18Daniel HaglofPWR RacingCupra13.026s
19Tom CoronelComtoyou CupraCupra15.526s
20Tiago MonteiroKCMGHonda20.064s
21Attila TassiKCMGHonda20.350s
22Gordon SheddenWRTAudi21.309s
23Aurelien PanisComtoyou CupraCupra27.264s
24Kevin CecconTeam MulsanneAlfa Romeo31.229s
-Ma QinghuaTeam MulsanneAlfa Romeo56.622s
-Mikel AzconaPWR RacingCupra-
-Niels LangeveldComtoyou AudiAudi-

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