Azcona has chance for WTCR redemption in Race 1
Mikel Azcona has a golden opportunity to make up for his disappointment in the qualifying shootout at WTCR Race of Hungary by starting on the front row in Race 1.
The Zengő Motorsport driver missed out on a chance to set a lap time in the Q3 phase due to a mix-up within his team over when he could take to the fast lane to head to the pit exit. By the time he reached the exit lights, they had agonisingly turned to red for Azcona and he was unable to attempt a lap. But he was second in the 20-minute Q1 session to secure a front row slot for Race 1 in his Goodyear-equipped CUPRA Leon Competición TCR.
“Honestly I don’t know what’s happened,” said Azcona. “We have 30s with green light. At the first moment the green lights were on the end of the pits and we go to the track and it’s impossible to go [in] 30s only 200 metres so honestly I don’t know what’s happened, we have to check. Fifteen metres just before the [green] lights the red lights go on so honestly I don’t understand. Of course, my qualifying is done, that’s the worst thing. But I am quite happy, we finished P1 in Q2 and I feel very strong. There are three races tomorrow and we have to keep pushing.”
Spaniard Azcona will start alongside DHL Pole Position winner Esteban Guerrieri, who was also fastest in Q3 to claim the DHL Pole for Race 3 in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR.
Behind the pair in Race 1, Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher will have a great chance to defend his points advantage from third on the grid. He will be joined on the second row by ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport’s Tiago Monteiro.
Local hero Attila Tassi will start on row three in his Honda, beside Race 2 DHL Pole Position start Yvan Muller in his Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR.