Norbert Michelisz says he wouldn’t have expected in his “wildest dreams to be on pole position” at the Slovakiaring. The Hungarian took his maiden WTCC pole position with Michelisz just one week ahead of his home round at the Hungaroring.
Michelisz was a quiet 11th and eighth in the free practice sessions, his best lap a 2:14.975 in FP2, but went almost two seconds faster in qualifying to secure the first pole position for BMW in the WTCC since Andy Priaulx in Japan 2010.
“It’s a fantastic feeling. After a race victory my target was to score some time a pole position,” said Michelisz to TouringCarTimes. “To be honest, a race victory starting from pole position from the first race would mean a lot more than a race victory starting on a reverse grid.”
“I’m very proud as we made very good progress throughout the day as we were struggling in the morning and we didn’t find a good balance, but at the end of the second free practice I felt even with used tyres we had quite a good pace. I was not expecting to be so far in front, I was just hoping for a good qualifying and to be between sixth and tenth.”
“I was not expecting in my wildest dreams to be on pole position here…our target was to have a podium finish or at least a good position to have good promotion for next week in Hungary.”