Photo: ADAC Motorsport

Martin Andersen continues Nürburgring dominance with second pole

Team Engstler driver Martin Andersen was again the driver to beat in Sunday morning’s TCR Germany qualifying session at the Nürburgring, with the championship leader claiming a new pole position.

The session took place in sunny and dry conditions, with no incidents but an intense fight for the pole position between Andersen and the Hyundais of Jessica Bäckman and René Kircher.

Andersen prevailed, claiming the pole position with a best lap time of 1:33.050, slightly slower than Saturday’s time, beating Bäckman by 0.243 seconds in his last attempt. Kircher qualified in third place, 0.748 seconds off the pace.

Jonas Karklys was fourth driving the Hyundai i30 N TCR of Nordpass, ahead of Szymon Ladniak, with the second Honda Civic Type R TCR from Team Engstler.

Max Gruhn was again the fastest Audi driver, qualifying in sixth position, albeit 1.2 seconds off the pace, ahead of Patrick Sing’s Hyundai i30 N TCR.

Robin Jahr qualified in eighth place, driving a Hyundai Veloster N TCR, 1.6 seconds behind Andersen, followed by Marco Butti, at the wheel of an Audi RS 3 LMS.

Roland Hertner closed the top ten, driving a Honda for Team Engstler, 1.8 seconds off the pace.

Andersen has extended his lead in the championship to 209 points, 24 ahead of Bäckman and 47 over Ladniak.

Race 2 of the TCR Germany at the Nürburgring is scheduled for 11:35 CEST.