The 26-year-old Spaniard, Ascona, is set to win the Munich Motorsport Nestor GirolamiHe is the only driver to beat him and win the title.
The new champion and his BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse team celebrated on the radio before refocusing on the Q3 shootout. Norbert Michelisz It leaves the top position as the last run.
“I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it,” said Ascona happily. The last four years have been very hard to win the championship here in the WTCR. Basically, this is my life’s work, starting with my family, my parents. Now we are world champions. ”
Burton was also elated to have consistently missed pole position this season despite a strong record of making it into the Q3 shootout.
“Finally, in the last race, I got pole position,” said the Frenchman. “It’s better than ever. I’m very happy. We’ve worked hard to get this. We still have work to do tomorrow and we can score some points.”
Nathanël Berthon, Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport, Audi RS 3 LMS
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On the shortened 2.1-mile layout of the Saudi Grand Prix circuit, the Hyundai and Audi drivers used traction from their teammates throughout Q1 and Q2. But Honda’s Girolami has always lacked the pace needed to keep his title hopes alive ahead of his two races on Sunday. He was only the 10th best time in Q1 to advance to Q2 and was the slowest in Q2.
Michelisz joined Belton on the front row for Sunday’s Race 1, ahead of Ascona and Audi. Tom Coronel on the second row. Jill Magnus The slowest in the shootout, lined up fifth, with Nestor’s brother Franco Girolami lining up sixth in the Audi.
Attila Tassi His Engstler Honda qualified 10th. This means the Hungarian will start Race 2 of his grid partially reversed from his position on pole.
WTCR Saudi Arabia – Qualifying Results
https://www.autosport.com/wtcr/news/wtcr-saudi-arabia-azcona-crowned-champion-as-berthon-takes-pole/10405246/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-ALL&utm_term=News&utm_content=uk Burton takes pole position, Ascona wins the championship