Sixteen-year-old Attila Bucsi made a fantastic entrance into the TCR Eastern Europe series, winning the qualifying session for Saturday’s race and narrowly beating the newly crowned champion Maťo Homola.
Just as the qualifying season began, a red flag was shown around the circuit. Antonio Citera spun out of the track in the last corner, causing race control to stop the qualifying session. However before the red flag, Attila Bucsi managed to set a time of 2:13.162, which was enough to secure the lead until the end of the session. Bucsi has a strong team supporting him, as M1RA Motorsport boasts significant expertise in the touring car world. Nevertheless, placing the Hyundai i30 N TCR on pole position surprised everyone, including Bucsi.
Maťo Homola, driving a Hyundai Elantra, finished second, just 0.087 seconds behind Bucsi. Homola’s teammates from Hyundai Janík Motorsport, Adam Kout and Carlo Czepiel, secured the fourth and fifth fastest times, respectively.
The top four positions for the Hyundai brand spoiled the return of former TCR Eastern Europe champion Bartosz Groszek, who came back to the series for the final event of the year. He managed to set the third fastest time, driving the new generation of the Audi RS3 TCR, and is ready to fight for the top spot on the podium.
René Kircher, currently third in the points standings with a Honda Civic, finished sixth, ahead of Giacomo Ghermandi with an Audi. Žarko Knego, driving a Hyundai Elantra, claimed the eighth fastest time, while Kircher’s teammate, Davit Kajaia, who currently sits second in the championship, set the ninth fastest time. Starting from the tenth position will be Petr Fulín Jr., who is the fastest driver among the Cupra cars.
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