Jordi Gené headed a Craft-Bamboo Racing 1-2-3 in first practice for the TCR International Series in Valencia, with the Spaniard posting a best time just 0.002 seconds faster than team-mate Pepe Oriola.
Gené went fastest in the opening minutes of the session, which took place under clear blue skies in Valencia. Pepe Oriola was second fastest throughout the half-hour session, originally 0.060 seconds off his compatriot before slashing the gap to a mere 0.002 seconds with around ten minutes remaining.
In the final minutes Russian Sergey Afanasyev made it a SEAT 1-2-3 and perfect practice for Craft-Bamboo, with WestCoast Racing Honda’s Gianni Morbidelli in fourth, 0.387 seconds off the pace.
Behind Morbicelli was a trio of Target Competition SEATs, with Stefano Comini in fifth ahead of Michel Nykjær and Andrea Belicchi.
Bas Schouten was an impressive eighth fastest in his first-ever TCR event, with the Dutch driver posting a lap 0.688 seconds off the pace. Fellow rookie David Cebrián Ariza was ninth for JSB Compétition, ending the session as the last driver within a second of the pace.
Completing the top ten was Franz Engstler, who was one tneht faster than team-mate and fellow Audi TT driver Mikhail Grachev.
Both of Campos Racing’s Opel Astra OPC cars ran relatively problem-free in the session, but ended up as the slowest two cars. Jordi Oriola was 16th, whilst one-make series specialist Oscar Nogués Farré was last, more than two seconds off the pace.
Second practice takes place at 12:30 CEST (11:30 BST).
|1||88||Jordi GENÉ||Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL||SEAT León Racer||10||1:42.247||0.000|
|2||74||Pepe ORIOLA||Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL||SEAT León Racer||12||1:42.249||0.002|
|3||77||Sergey AFANASYEV||Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL||SEAT León Racer||9||1:42.621||0.374|
|4||10||Gianni MORBIDELLI||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic TCR||10||1:42.634||0.387|
|5||25||Stefano COMINI||Target Competition||SEAT León Racer||7||1:42.724||0.477|
|6||17||Michel NYKJÆR||Target Competition||SEAT León Racer||11||1:42.807||0.560|
|7||33||Andrea BELICCHI||Target Competition||SEAT León Racer||9||1:42.820||0.573|
|8||34||Bas SCHOUTEN||ST Motorsport / Bas Koeten Racing||SEAT León Racer||9||1:42.935||0.688|
|9||32||David CEBRIÁN Ariza||JSB Compétition||SEAT León Racer||14||1:43.012||0.765|
|10||6||Franz ENGSTLER||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Audi Sport TT Cup||12||1:43.281||1.034|
|11||8||Mikhail GRACHEV||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Audi Sport TT Cup||13||1:43.350||1.103|
|12||24||Kevin GLEASON||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic TCR||13||1:43.433||1.186|
|13||11||Lucile CYPRIANO||JSB Compétition||SEAT León Racer||12||1:43.441||1.194|
|14||7||Lorenzo VEGLIA||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||SEAT León Racer||14||1:43.542||1.295|
|15||20||Igor SKUZ||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic TCR||12||1:43.556||1.309|
|16||21||Jordi ORIOLA||Campos Racing||Opel Astra OPC||10||1:43.614||1.367|
|17||19||Oscar NOGUÉS||Campos Racing||Opel Astra OPC||8||1:44.506||2.259|