Michelisz Exceeds Expectations In Zolder Qualifying


Norbert Michelisz was pleased to have qualified within the top ten for his first race in a BMW in the World Touring Car Championship round at Zolder.

The Zengo Dension Team driver finished seventh in Q1, which saw him through to Q2 and also placed him fourth on the grid for Race 2, under the new regulations where the top ten in Q1 is reversed to determine the Race 2 grid.

In Q2 he was hindered by both a yellow flag and traffic but still qualified in seventh position for the first of Sunday's races at the Belgian circuit.

After finishing the two free practice sessions in 16th and 15th places respectively, the qualifying session saw Michelisz record his quickest laps of the weekend so far. Although he felt he could have achieved more, Michelisz was pleased with his qualifying result.

“We were a bit unfortunate but overall I'm happy with today's result,” he said. “Our main goal was to get into Q2. I think that we are doing well ahead tomorrow's races. The car is still very strange for me and it gives only a bit of a feedback, this is something that we will want to improve for sure. We are still in an early stage of learning the car, we can improve a lot in the future.”