September 24, 2023


Norbert Kiss stormed to another pole position at Le Mans Bugatti as he seeks out his fifth Goodyear FIA ETRC title.

Converting the pole position into a race victory will be enough for Kiss to take the title in Race Three, so it was an important session for the Hungarian to start at the front of the grid. During qualifying, it was Antonio Albacete who looked to be the one who might be able to pressure the Révész Racing driver, but in the end that responsibility fell to Sascha Lenz.

A mixed day for the German did not produce the results he would have been after, but he starts Sunday in a much better way, claiming second on the grid. As the chequered flag fell, he was seven-tenths off the 2:06.187 set by Kiss, narrowly beating fellow countryman Jochen Hahn to the front row, the duo split by 0.080s.

Albacete settled for a second row start, taking fourth beside Hahn with Race Two winner Jamie Anderson completing the top five.

Steffi Halm took sixth over Promoter’s Cup pole sitter José Eduardo Rodrigues. The Portuguese driver split the last two Titan drivers on the grid (André Kursim in eighth), only missing out on starting ahead of Halm by 0.064s. Halm had an equally close qualifying with Anderson, lapping 0.031s slower than the Brit.

Luis Recuenco completed the Super Pole qualifiers in ninth after a mix up with time keeping saw John Newell unable to join the track for the last ten minutes of qualifying. José Rodrigues Snr had two instances of over speeding, equalling in him having all lap times from qualifying deleted. This should have happened before Super Pole, promoting Newell into the top ten, but the timing screens were not corrected until after the final session. Rodrigues was black flagged from the session, not able to set a Super Pole time, but this also meant Newell was not allowed access to the track.

Newell will take tenth on the start grid for Race Three.

Clemens Hecker was one of the drivers that struggled with track limits in qualifying, seeing his relevant and then best lap time deleted due to infractions. He will start at the back of the field behind Steffen Faas and Mark Taylor, who both also had lap times deleted due to track limits and over-speeding infringements.

Rodrigues Snr should take to the grid for Race Three, starting behind Hecker at the back of the grid.

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