B3 Racing’s Mat’o Homola set the pace in first practice for the TCR International Series at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand, just a tenth of a second ahead of WestCoast Racing’s Gianni Morbidelli.
The early pace in the session had been set by the Mulsanne Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR of Petr Fulín, who had been on top of the times for more than half the session with a time of 1:44.869, before a number of drivers eventually beat his time.
Aside from Homola and Morbidelli, who rose to the top in the final minutes, local racer Jack Lemvard ended up third fastest, having briefly been the fastest driver of all before the experienced TCR drivers beat him.
Vattana Motorsport’s Lemvard ended up 0.401 seconds behind in third, ahead of fellow Thai racers Kantadhee Kusiri in fourth and Narasak Ittiritpong in fifth, both of the latter drivers at the wheel of Honda Civic TCR cars.
Fulín finished the session in sixth, ahead of Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Pepe Oriola in seventh, who completed his first laps of the weekend having elected to skip Friday’s testing due to his foot injury.
Leopard Racing’s Jean-Karl Vernay was the leading Volkswagen Golf GTi driver in eighth, ahead of the second B3 Racing SEAT of Dušan Borković in ninth, who was the last driver within a second of the pace.
Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Davit Kajaia completed the top ten, whilst Luigi Ferrara completed more running in FP1 than he did in all of Friday’s test sessions, where the Top Run Subaru had been hampered by an issue with a gearbox sensor. The Italian ended up in 12th overall, 1.2 seconds off the pace.
Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Sergey Afanasyev failed to complete any running in the session due to a loose exhaust, whilst Kratingdaeng Racing Team’s Grant Supaphongs also failed to take part in the session.
Second practice takes place at 13:00 local time (07:00 BST, 08:00 CEST) with qualifying following at 15:30 local time (09:30 BST, 10:30 CEST).
|1||70||Mat’o HOMOLA||B3 Racing Team Hungary||SEAT León TCR||13||1:44.199||0.000|
|2||10||Gianni MORBIDELLI||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic TCR||11||1:44.296||0.097|
|3||44||Jack LEMVARD||Vattana Motorsport||SEAT León Cup Racer||8||1:44.600||0.401|
|4||15||Kantadhee KUSIRI||Eakie BBR Kaiten||Honda Civic TCR||11||1:44.674||0.475|
|5||13||Narasak ITTIRITPONG||Vattana Motorsport||Honda Civic TCR||10||1:44.761||0.562|
|6||22||Petr FULÍN||Mulsanne Racing||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||9||1:44.869||0.670|
|7||74||Pepe ORIOLA||Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL||SEAT León TCR||12||1:44.914||0.715|
|8||2||Jean-Karl VERNAY||Leopard Racing||Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR||13||1:44.990||0.791|
|9||62||Dušan BORKOVIĆ||B3 Racing Team Hungary||SEAT León TCR||14||1:45.105||0.906|
|10||7||Davit KAJAIA||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR||10||1:45.233||1.034|
|11||8||Mikhail GRACHEV||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic TCR||13||1:45.295||1.096|
|12||32||Luigi FERRARA||Top Run Motorsport||Subaru Sti TCR||13||1:45.416||1.217|
|13||1||Stefano COMINI||Leopard Racing||Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR||12||1:45.426||1.227|
|14||55||Munkong SATHIENTHIRAKUL||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR||11||1:45.435||1.236|
|15||54||James NASH||Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL||SEAT León TCR||6||1:45.853||1.654|
|16||9||Attila TASSI||B3 Racing Team Hungary||SEAT León TCR||11||1:46.013||1.814|
|17||53||Kari-Pekka LAAKSONEN||LMS Racing||SEAT León Cup Racer||14||1:46.029||1.830|
|18||66||Nattachak HANJITKASEN||TBN MK Ihere Racing Team||Honda Civic TCR||6||1:46.431||2.232|
|19||58||CHEN Jian Hong||Kratingdaen Racing Team||SEAT León Cup Racer||9||1:46.554||2.355|
|20||12||Alexander MIES||Kratingdaen Racing Team||SEAT León Cup Racer||13||1:46.635||2.436|
|21||35||Rafaël GALIANA||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic TCR||13||1:47.027||2.828|
|22||97||Paritat BULBON||Sloth Racing||SEAT León Cup Racer||12||1:47.149||2.950|
|23||77||Sergey AFANASYEV||Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL||SEAT León TCR||3||1:59.091||14.892|
|24||11||Grant SUPAPHONGS||Kratingdaen Racing Team||SEAT León Cup Racer||0||No time||N/A|