Nicky Catsburg will start from the pole in the main race of the WTCC in Termas de Rio Hondo after achieving the best time in Q3. The dutchman has managed to a time of 1:43.088, record that has enabled him to overtake Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro, but not to beat the record of the track. The frenchman Yann Ehrlacher will boot to the front of the sleeve with an inverted grid after finishing with the tenth fastest time of the Q2. Finally, Volvo has closed his particular party with the victory in a decaffeinated MAC3 for the problems of Ryo Michigami.
The classification of the fia WTCC in Termas de Rio Hondo started with surprise and not for the best time of Nicky Catsburg in the Q1 (1:43.448). In fact, the first session has been moved in the usual terms, with a great dance of times in the last few minutes that you have left the Volvo and the Honda officials in the first five positions. However, few could portend that Rob Huff was one of four drivers eliminated next to Daniel Nagy, Zsolt Szabo, and Kevin Gleason. The british pilot, with recurring problems of brakes during the free, she would suffer to stay out of the Q2.
Nicky Catsburg repeated to the front of Q2 with a time of 1:43.085, record-to less than one tenth of the track record. Again the Volvo and the Honda came back to be with reference to Michelisz and Monteiro installed in the second and fourth position. Between the two stood Thed Björk, while the fifth position was for Esteban Guerrieri. The argentine got the pass to the Q3 in the last breath, leaving out his compatriot Nestor Girolami. With its tenth position, Yann Ehrlacher will come to the front of the race with an inverted grid, result motivated by the problems of Tom Coronel with one of its tires.
In the final Q3 everything followed the script provided. With a 1:43.088, Nicky Catsburg got the pole in Termas de Rio Hondo, not without some intrigue as the pilot of Volvo crossed the finish line on the grass. Despite this, I got beat by almost two tenths to Nobert Michelisz. For his part, Tiago Monteiro made it to the third position after being two tenths faster than Esteban Guerrieri. Thed Björk with a small error had to settle for fifth position, but with all of was to 11 thousandths behind the Chevrolet of the local rider.
Classification Q3 WTCC 2017 in Termas de Rio Hondo
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Nicky Catsburg||Volvo S60 WTCC||1:43.088|
|2nd||Norbert Michelisz||Honda Civic WTCC||+0.184|
|3rd||Tiago Monteiro||Honda Civic WTCC||+0.391|
|4th||Esteban Guerrieri||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||+0.616|
|5th||Thed Björk||Volvo S60 WTCC||+0.627|
Volvo has achieved a comfortable victory in the MAC3. As has already happened in other occasions, this sort of ‘team time trial’ looks lackluster in terms of one of the members of Honda or Volvo you have a problem. In this case, Ryo Michigami was not able to keep pace with his companions after changing the engine of his Honda Civic before the classification, so that the times of the one and the other have not had color. In fact, Volvo has closed two rounds were launched with a time of 3:33.885, while Honda has lost more than 15 seconds to that time.