Sunday at the Hungaroring Part 1 - Kiss is king in Q2 and the Super Pole
13. June 2021Hungaroring - It was a dark and stormy Saturday night over the Hungaroring, but all sunshine and blue skies by the time the truck racers were ready to warm up this morning.
As radiant as the sun were the countenances of the tankpool24 team. There stood the Scania of Steffen Faas, resplendent after a long night of labour (they finished at 4 am) – as if yesterday’s accident had never happened. Eleventh-fastest in the warm-up, Faas amply validated the quality of his crew’s work.
Norbert Kiss topped the times, with MAN colleague Sascha Lenz (GER) and Czech Adam Lacko (Buggyra Freightliner) very close below. But the battle against the clock would only begin in qualifying an hour later.
Kiss went out first – and duly drove the fastest lap, a 2:17.819. Lenz was four tenths slower, besting Spaniard Antonio Albacete, the third of the 2021 season’s MAN triumviri, by all of fifteen hundredths.
Defending champ Jochen Hahn qualified in fourth, above compatriot and Iveco colleague André Kursim.
Lacko, Brit Shane Brereton (MAN), Iveco pilotess Steffi Halm (GER), French phenom Téo Calvet (Buggyra Freightliner), and the fourth member of the Iveco squad, René Reinert (GER).
Norbi forthwith did his die-hard home fans a delight with 2:17.618 for pole. The best that Lenz could manage was two tenths slower and P2. Albacete and Lacko were third- and fourth-quickest.
With the session ticking towards its close, six-times champion Jochen Hahn still had no time up on the monitor, his only flying lap having been deleted for a track limits infringement. That would have meant having to start from P10, unless ...
the Iveco pilot, as he did in the event, moved up ahead of the leaders on the cooldown lap and got himself a clear strip of circuit in front of him. This was the only chance he had and he threw everything he could at it, but P5 was all he could get out.
Kursim will start alongside, with Halm and Brereton, and Reinert and Calvet, on the rows behind.