WTCR Second Qualifying flash: Muller claims DHL Pole for Race 3

WTCR Second Qualifying flash: Muller claims DHL Pole for Race 3

19/05/2019 at 09:03Updated 19/05/2019 at 09:13

Yvan Muller will start Race 3 of WTCR Race of Netherlands from the DHL Pole Position after topping Sunday morning qualifying at Zandvoort.

The Frenchman was mighty in the Q3 shootout in his Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR, setting a time 0.443s quicker than the next best, team-mate Yann Ehrlacher.

Fellow Cyan Racing driver and Race 1 winner Thed Björk topped the 20-minute Q1 session, from Norbert Michelisz and Johan Kristofferson. Only the top 12 graduate to Q2 and as always, that left a number of frontrunners on the #WTCR2019SUPERGRIDout of the session.

SLR Volkswagen’s Benjamin Leuchter just made the cut in P12, but Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing’s Aurélien Panis missed out in P13, as did inaugural WTCR / OSACRO title winner Gabriele Tarquini in P14, Jean-Karl Vernay in P15, Andy Priaulx – who qualified third for Race 1 on Saturday – in P17 and Comtoyou Team Audi Sport’s Frédéric Vervisch in P20.

The dozen who made it through to Q2 then had 10 minutes to secure their place in the Q3 top-five shootout. Björk was again quickest, with team-mate Yvan Muller jumping up to second on his final run. The others to make the top five were Michelisz, Augusto Farfus and Yann Ehrlacher, with PWR Racing’s Mikel Azcona – a podium finisher in Race 1 – just missing out in sixth.