Norbert Michelisz

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Thed Björk will start from the DHL Pole Position for Race 1 at WTCR Race of Netherlands as Cyan Racing Lynk & Co’s 03 TCRs claimed a 1-2-3-4 in the first qualifying session at Zandvoort.

Björk set a best time of 1m44.080s around the 4.307-kilometre circuit to head team-mate Yavn Muller by just 0.073s, with Andy Priaulx and Yann Ehrlacher completing a strong session for the customer racing brand that is aiming this year to become the first Chinese brand to win an FIA series.

“The lap was really good,” said Björk, who endured a difficult time in Slovakia last weekend. “I like the track, there’s lots of grip and it’s good for us. I’m surprised by our pace after last week and to bounce back like this is crazy.”

Behind the Lynk & Co entries less than a second separated fifth to P25. PWR Racing’s Mikel Azcona showed promising pace to go fifth fastest, ahead of another quick newcomer, SLR Volkswagen’s Benjamin Leuchter and his team-mate Johan Kristoffersson.

Daniel Haglöf showed more pace for PWR Racing’s Cupra TCRs by going eighth quickest, with Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport’s Jean-Karl Vernay and Mehdi Bennani’s Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR completing the top 10.

Race of Slovakia race winner Frédéric Vervisch was P12 in his Comtoyou Team Audi Sport entry, behind Dutch local hero Nicky Catsburg, with fellow BRC Hyundai ace Norbert Michelisz in P13.

#ROADTOMALAYSIA points leader Néstor Girolamiwas P14 in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda, with team-mate and title rival Esteban Guerrieri in P16.

The stars of Race of Slovakia, Team Mulsanne’s Ma Qinghua and Kevin Ceccon, were down in P23 and P24 respectively this time in their Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCRs, behind another local hero, Tom Coronel, in P21.

The 30-minute session was brought to a close by a red flag after Tiago Monteiro went off into a gravel trap in his KCMG Honda. Augusto Farfus also went off earlier on in his Hyundai.

Race 1 of WTCR Race of Netherlands takes place at 14h35 local time.