Buriram TCR Qualifying – Pepe Oriola beats Gianni Morbidelli by 1/1000

Buriram TCR Qualifying – Pepe Oriola beats Gianni Morbidelli by 1/1000

27.08.2016: TCR International Series Rounds 15 & 16 – Buriram, Thailand – 27 / 28 August 2016 Saturday, August 27th 2016

TCR International Series
Rounds 15 & 16 – Buriram, Thailand – 27 / 28 August 2016
Saturday, August 27th 2016

In the closest Qualifying from the beginning of the season Pepe Oriola claimed his first pole position of the year beating Gianni Morbidelli by only one thousandth of a second.

It was also a very rewarding recognition for the Craft-Bamboo Lukoil team that had worked very hard since yesterday to rebuild James Nash’s car after the shunt in testing and to solve a technical issue on Sergey Afanasyev’s. On top of this, the five points awarded for the pole position enabled Oriola to re-take the championship lead by two points ahead of Stefano Comini.

The Qualifying results proved that competition is very close on the track – with the six fastest drivers in Q2 covered by three tenths. Meaning that two exciting races should be expected for tomorrow.

There will be an all-Russian front row on the reverse grid for Race 2, with Mikhail Grachev on pole and Afanasyev alongside him.

The first race will start tomorrow at 12:30 local time (7:25am in Central Europe), over a distance of 14 laps.




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27.08.2016 / MaP

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