September 23, 2023


Keeping up his record this season of claiming every pole position, Norbert Kiss will start Race One, once again, from the front of the grid. Jochen Hahn, closest championship rival, will be alongside him, having missed out on the front spot by a marginal three-tenths of a second.

This qualifying session was a lot and the pair were split by just over a tenth of a second in qualifying, an advantage that would stretch for Kiss, but only to three-tenths, in Super Pole.

Behind the battling pair, Steffi Halm made her best qualifying position of the year, holding off Antonio Albacete to take third. Jamie Anderson will line up fifth, sharing the third row of the grid with Sascha Lenz.

Lenz had looked strong in Qualifying, challenging both Hahn and Kiss’ times at the front of the field, but come Super Pole the German couldn’t quite get it together to hold onto a top three start.

André Kursim will start Race One seventh on the grid, with Promoter’s Cup pole sitter José Eduardo Rodriguez and Luis Recuenco ahead of the final Titan class driver, race-by-race entry José Rodriguez.

Recuenco is running Lukas Hahn’s truck for the remainder of the season as his IVECO suffered too much damage after the spectacular engine blow out in Zolder Race Three. The Spaniard seemed very happy with the borrowed truck, his fastest lap only six-tenths off of the class pole sitter.

John Newell takes third in Promoter’s Cup, 11th overall, as he celebrates the year anniversary of his debut in the Goodyear FIA ETRC, lining up beside Steffen Faas. Having two track limits penalties, Faas lost his fastest lap time, dropping him out of Super Pole. With his championship rival four places ahead of him, Faas will be looking to make up ground quickly at the start of the race.

Clemens Hecker and Mark Taylor complete the starting grid, with the latter having suffered a turbo oil pipe failure in FP2 which delayed and nearly saw him sit out of Qualifying. The truck wasn’t in the best shape before the grid setting session began, so with some work being done on the #81 before the first race of the weekend, Taylor will be looking to make up ground throughout the 11 laps of racing this afternoon.

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