Davit Kajaia gave the Alfa Romeo Guilietta its first ever pole position in TCR competition for the first round of the International Series at his home race in Georgia.
The new GE-Force squad, running three cars for this race endured a fraught qualify with Dusan Borkovic and Shota Abkahazava being knocked out in Q1 along with Pierre-Yves Corthals’ Opel and Duncan Ende’s SEAT.
The two M1RA Honda Civics topped the timesheets in the first part with Atilla Tassi and Roberto Colciago ahead of Kajaia as double reigning champion Stefano Comini just scraped through to Q2, still adapting to the new Cometoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS and having his final lap disallowed for a track limits infringement.
As the remaining twelve cars went out for Q2 Ferenc Ficza waited in the pits to get a clear track, ending the session third on the grid behind Kajaia and Tassi after dominating testing and first practice.
Jean-Karl Vernay put the sole Leopard Racing Volkswagon Golf in fourth, making it four marques in the first four places, with Colciago in fifth and Comini popping up into sixth in the closing stages.
Gianni Morbidelli ended Q2 in the gravel trap in his WestCoast Racing Golf to finish seventh, with new young teammate Giacomo Altoe rounding out the top ten to take pole for race two on the reversed grid.
The three Craft-Bamboo Lukoil SEAT Leons looked troubled for pace as newboy Hugo Valente lead the outfit with eighth place ahead of teammate Pepe Oriola, with James Nash doing no better than eleventh and Mat’o Homola taking twelfth for the DG Sport Opel team.