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Luca Engstler scores pole position at the Lausitzring

Hyundai Team Engstler’s Luca Engstler claimed the pole position for Saturday’s race at the Lausitzring, host of the fourth round of the 2021 TCR Germany series.

It had rained during the night over the Lausitzring, with the race direction declaring a wet session, but the entire field switched to slicks after the first out lap as the tarmac was dry.

Engstler set a best lap time of 1:29.339 in a largely trouble-free session ahead of Jonas Karklys, driving a Hyundai i30 N TCR from Nordpass, 0.416 seconds behind.

Philipp Regensperger, driving an Opel Astra TCR from Lubner Motorsport, qualified in third, 0.470 seconds off the pace, followed by Nico Gruber of Team Engstler. Fellow team-mate Martin Andersen, also driving a Hyundai i30 N TCR, was fifth, 0.597 seconds behind the pole sitter.

Marcel Fugel was sixth, driving a Honda Civic Type-R TCR, followed by Eric Scalvini of Wimmer Werk Motorsport, 0.730 seconds off the pace.

Honda driver Dominik Fugel qualified in eighth place, followed by Szymon Ladniak, driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR from JP Motorsport. Christopher Röhner completed the top ten.

Engstler has increased his lead in the championship with 128 points, 27 ahead of Scalvini and 33 over Fugel.

The start of Saturday’s Race 1 is scheduled for 13:40 CEST.