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ETCC Qualifying report: Nagy claims second pole of 2017

2017-09-15

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Norbert Nagy will start ETCC Race of Zolder in first place after claiming his second consecutive pole position of the FIA European Touring Car Cup season, edging out Igor Stefanovski by 0.342s.

Fábio Mota made it an all-SEAT top three but there was frustration for title leader Petr Fulín who was stranded in the pits with a technical issue and failed to set a time.

With Nagy and Stefanovski level on scores prior to the event, Nagy’s capture of three qualifying points puts him into second place in the provisional standings.

“I still can’t believe it now,” said an emotional Nagy, who has a new car for the Zolder weekend following his crash in the last round in Vila Real. “When we arrived here I didn’t have the car put together, there was only the chassis and that’s it. But because of all that, I felt no pressure, also because I missed a lot of yesterday’s testing. I just tried to enjoy my time, enjoy the driving and that proved more easy as a result.”

Despite losing out on pole, Macedonian national hero Stefanovski was still happy with this result: “My mechanics did a great job with the car and I’m happy with second position. But tomorrow is the race and it will be difficult because everyone is so close.”

Third-placed Mota added: “It’s important to mention that I went into the slipstream of Stefanovski on my fastest lap,” said the LEIN Racing driver. “I’m happy for the third position but I think we need to work a little bit more because the pace is not there yet.”