The Peugeot 208 campaigner lined up alongside major title-rival Johan Kristoffersson for Q1, however as Hansen took the usual line, Kristoffersson dived straight into the extra-route joker lap on the first nook.
With British Rallycross Championship factors chief Ollie O’Donovan opting to take the usual route on the opening tour, Kristoffersson needed to overtake the Irishman on the uphill free part in direction of the tip of the lap and misplaced time.
However worse was to return because the EKS JC Audi S1 picked up a front-right puncture later within the race and Kristoffersson dropped down the time order.
GRX SET driver Niclas Gronholm put a troublesome weekend at Spa simply seven days earlier behind him with a race win and second quickest time in Q2, a race wherein he survived side-by-side contact with group mate Krisztian Szabo and Kevin Hansen – the results of which was Szabo spinning on the entry into the primary nook.
Szabo was additionally within the thick of the battle in Q2, he ran deep into flip one permitting O’Donovan to stand up the within firstly of the race whereas Kristoffersson once more took a primary lap joker.
Whereas Szabo re-passed O’Donovan afterward the opening tour, when he took his joker he in the end misplaced out to a charging Kristoffersson, who took the second-best time of the session and climbed again to 3rd general on Saturday night, behind Timmy Hansen and Gronholm.
Enzo Ide had arguably his strongest day of the season thus far, third quickest in Q1, he then set the same race time in Q2, which resulted with sixth within the session standings and fourth in a single day.
Rain fell frivolously in the course of the Q2 run, however elevated its depth after the day’s operating had concluded however may play a component in proceedings on the ultimate day in Portugal in Sunday.
Following a troublesome weekend within the Belgian spherical at Spa per week earlier, wherein he was spun out of the lead of his semi-final race, Dutchman Kevin Abbring withdrew from the Portuguese spherical within the lead as much as the Montalegre occasion.
The Unkorrupted group obtained a €10,000 high-quality from the FIA for being a everlasting entry to not take the beginning, however the squad is predicted to return to the season-finale double header on the Nurburgring subsequent month.