WTCC Opening Race pole: Michigami takes DHL award

WTCC Opening Race pole: Michigami takes DHL award

24/06/2017 at 17:57Updated 24/06/2017 at 18:32

Ryo Michigami earned the DHL Pole Position award and will start the Opening Race of the WTCC Race of Portugal from pole position on Sunday in Vila Real.

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The Japanese finished 10thin the Q2 session of the World Touring Car Championship round, which ensured his pole position for the reverse-grid Opening Race.

“It’s been difficult,” said the Honda Racing Team JAS driver. “But the balance is good. Less attack, more lap time [around this circuit].”

Polestar Cyan Racing’s Nestor Girolami will start beside him on the front row, after a difficult qualifying session for the Argentinian driver. In Q1 he hit the barriers at Turn 6 twice, which was a major contribution to a lengthy red flag session.

Esteban Guerrieri in Campos Racing’s Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 and Tom Chilton in Sebastien Loeb Racing’s Citroën C-Elysée WTCC will line up on the second row.

The Opening Race of the FIA WTCC Race of Portugal weekend is due to start on Sunday at 16.30h local time.