Pepe Oriola sets the pace in Singapore practice

Pepe Oriola sets the pace in Singapore practice

Pepe Oriola

Pepe OriolaCraft-Bamboo Racing’s Pepe Oriola posted the fastest time in first practice for the TCR International Series around the Marina Bay circuit in Singapore, 0.429 seconds quicker than team-mate Sergey Afanasyev.

The two Craft-Bamboo SEATs at the front were followed by a pair of WestCoast Racing Honda Civics, with Gianni Morbidelli in third and Kevin Gleason in fourth. Only three cars were within a second of Oriola’s pace, with the circuit having a lap time of almost two and a half minutes for the TCR cars.

Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Mikhail Grachev was fifth fastest, competing in only his second meeting at the wheel of the team’s Volkswagen Golf.

Loris Hezemans was the quickest débutant in sixth, ahead of the third Craft-Bamboo SEAT of Jordi Gené.

Target Competition’s Stefano Comini was eighth fastest, whilst Engstler Motorsport’s Lorenzo Veglia and WestCoast Racing returnee René Münnich completed the top ten.

George Chou in 14th place was the fastest of the TCR Asia Series competitors, putting his Roadstar Racing SEAT ahead of the Prince Racing Honda of Kenneth Lau.

The brand new Subaru STi TCR car of Top Run Motorsport failed to complete a lap in the session, with Luca Rangoni sidelined for the hazy half-hour session.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 74 Pepe ORIOLA Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL SEAT León Racer 10 2:28.706 0.000
2 77 Sergey AFANASYEV Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL SEAT León Racer 9 2:29.135 0.429
3 10 Gianni MORBIDELLI West Coast Racing Honda Civic TCR 7 2:29.153 0.447
4 24 Kevin GLEASON West Coast Racing Honda Civic TCR 8 2:29.287 0.581
5 8 Mikhail GRACHEV Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf TCR 10 2:30.303 1.597
6 15 Loris HEZEMANS Target Competition SEAT León Racer 11 2:30.460 1.754
7 88 Jordi GENÉ Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL SEAT León Racer 10 2:30.931 2.225
8 25 Stefano COMINI Target Competition SEAT León Racer 10 2:30.972 2.266
9 7 Lorenzo VEGLIA Liqui Moly Team Engstler SEAT León Racer 10 2:32.304 3.598
10 23 René MÜNNICH West Coast Racing Honda Civic TCR 7 2:32.594 3.888
11 4 Tomas ENGSTRÖM Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf TCR 10 2:33.144 4.438
12 35 Rafaël GALIANA Target Competition SEAT León Racer 10 2:34.895 6.189
13 19 Fernando MONJE Campos Racing Opel Astra OPC 7 2:35.115 6.409
14 78 George CHOU Roadstar Racing Team SEAT León Racer 9 2:35.183 6.477
15 38 Kenneth LAU Prince Racing Hong Kong Honda Civic TCR 10 2:37.649 8.943
16 99 Frank YU Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT León Racer 10 2:37.874 9.168
17 66 Filipe Clemente DE SOUZA Roadstar Racing Team SEAT León Racer 9 2:39.492 10.786
18 68 Michael CHOI Prince Racing Hong Kong Honda Civic TCR 8 2:39.788 11.082
19 56 Samson CHAN Roadstar Racing Team SEAT León Racer 9 2:40.192 11.486
20 13 Kenneth MA FRD Ford HK Racing Team Ford Focus ST 7 2:53.359 24.653
21 44 MAK Hing Tak Campos Racing Opel Astra OPC 5 3:00.682 31.976
22 51 Luca RANGONI Top Run Motorsport Subaru Sti TCR No time N/A

Complete session results.