Gabriele Tarquini left it late to bank his fastest lap in Saturday qualifying at WTCR Race of Portugal – and it was good enough to push the 2018 King of WTCR into P10, to hand him the reverse-grid pole position for Race 1.
His lap demoted fellow Hyundai Elantra N TCR driver Luca Engstler down to P11 ahead of Thed Björk (Lynk & Co 03 TCR).

But Tarquini will face a tough test to stay in front during the opening 13-lap contest with a trio of Cyan Lynk & Co drivers behind, including King of WTCR Yann Ehrlacher, who will join the Italian on the front row of the grid.

Ehrlacher’s uncle Yvan Muller, the four-time FIA World Touring Car champion is to start in third with Santiago Urrutia alongside in another Goodyear-equipped Lynk & Co.

“To be honest I tried my best and the car was far away,” said Tarquini on his bid to make Q3. “We made a change on the set-up for the last run because it had probably not been my best choice and we found a bit in the end. It was a good lap. It’s a shame for Luca because we wanted four Hyundais in the top 10, but this is racing. Sometimes you are smiling, sometimes you are not smiling.”
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