Preining scorches to pole postion in Hungary

by Vince Pettit
Thomas Preining

Porsche Junior Thomas Preining will start the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race at the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position after lapping the Hungaroring in 1:46.786 to beat Julien Andlauer to top spot.

While air temperature was 31 degrees celsius, the racetrack measured a scorching 62 degrees as the 28-strong field headed out for qualifying

Ten minutes in to the session, Preining shot to the top of the timesheets with his first flying lap, it wouldn’t be too long before he would be challenged though as Andlauer headed out on fresh tyres to claim top spot with three minutes of the session remaining.

Preining wouldn’t let the Frenchman hold position for too long as he managed the fastest lap of the session in the last minute, demoting Andlauer to second place, securing the Austrians second pole position of the season.

“Overtaking is particularly difficult on the Hungaroring, so I’m very pleased about this perfect starting position. With these hot temperatures you have to take it very easy on the tyres, and I managed to do this well,” said Preining.

Andlauer, the reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup France was happy with his performance despite missing out on pole position “I’m very satisfied with P2. Unfortunately I lost a little time in the first sector, otherwise I could possibly have done even better,” said Andlauer.

Zaid Ashkanani will start from third place as he continues to show his pace, “This is a great result. With such heat, the conditions were special. The tyres deteriorate comparatively quickly, so you don’t have a lot of time to turn a flying lap. The start on Sunday will be critical,” said Askanani who will line up with  teammate Christopher Zöchling alongside.

Jaap van Lagen will start from fifth place ahead of Florian Latorre, who is the highest placed rookie driver.

Championship leader Michael Ammermüller could only manage seventh place ahead of championship rival Nick Yelloly.

Fastest of the Pro-Am drivers was Roar Lindland.

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