September 24, 2022


Norbert Kiss will start the first race of the Le Mans Bugatti weekend from pole position, bringing him one step closer to wrapping up the 2022 Drivers’ Championship.

As has become the expected this season, Kiss already had the edge on the field during the 20-minute qualifying session, going nine tenths of a second faster than Antonio Albacete with a 2:06.697. He took this provisional pole and comfortably converted it with a 2:05.872 in Super Pole, only 0.66s off the truck lap record set by Sascha Lenz in 2017.

Lenz joins Kiss on the front row, taking the best of the rest spot behind the qualifying guru, and out pacing Albacete for second. The pair were split by 0.077 at the chequered flag.

Fourth place was taken by Adam Lacko who finished ahead of Jochen Hahn and Téo Calvet, the latter also taking the Promoter’s Cup pole position. His main Promoter’s Cup rival, Jamie Anderson, will start tenth, four places behind Calvet, after having his best lap time deleted for multiple contact with penalty markers.

André Kursim, Steffi Halm and Steffen Faas split the two Promoter’s Cup rivals, completing the top ten (seventh through ninth).

Shane Brereton was another driver, who made a lot of contact with penalty markers during the qualifying session, ultimately costing him a position in Super Pole. He had been close to the time needed to be set to get through to the ten minute shoot out, but with his penultimate lap time deleted he left it all to do chasing the chequered flag.

Brereton will start 11th, ahead of Jose Rodrigues, Clemens Hecker and ETRC debutant John Newell.

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