Hyundai’s Gabriele Tarquini set the pace in second practice for the TCR Europe Trophy at the Adria International Raceway, as the Italian saw off a challenge from Target Competition duo Josh Files and Giacomo Altoè.
Tin-top expert Tarquini got to the top of the times at the half-way stage of the session, putting in a time of 1 minute 20.260 seconds to go around three tenths slower than the best time in the morning’s foggy first session.
Brit Files improved inside the final five minutes of the half-hour session to take second, a mere 0.003 seconds slower than Tarquini, whilst the session’s early pace-setter, 17-year-old Altoè, ended up in third behind his fellow Honda racer Files.
Luca Engstler was the leading Volkswagen driver in fourth, ahead of V-Action Racing’s Luigi Ferrara in fifth after a strong performance in the Alfa Romeo.
The second Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen of Florian Thoma was sixth quickest, just over half a second off the pace.
Plamen Kralev, who is perhaps better known for competing in the ETCC, was a strong seventh in his Audi RS3, with the 44-year-old Bulgarian only completing five laps in the session.
Maxime Potty had been the early session pace-setter, but the Belgian ended up in eighth in his WRT-run Volkswagen, ahead of circuit owner Giovanni Altoè in ninth.
TCR Iberico champion Francisco Abreu rounded out the top ten, just under a second off the pace.
Russian racer Denis Girogoriev caused a short yellow-flag period when he spun his SEAT León into the gravel at Turn 9 with 12 minutes left in the session, requiring a recovery vehicle to remove the stranded car.
Qualifying is scheduled to take place at 15:00 CEST (14:00 BST).
|1||30||Gabriele TARQUINI||BRC Racing Team||Hyundai i30 N TCR||8||1:20.260||0.000|
|2||99||Josh FILES||Target Competition||Honda Civic Type-R TCR||11||1:20.263||0.003|
|3||21||Giacomo ALTOÈ||Target Competition||Honda Civic Type-R TCR||11||1:20.393||0.133|
|4||8||Luca ENGSTLER||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||9||1:20.523||0.263|
|5||16||Luigi FERRARA||V-Action Racing Team||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||16||1:20.529||0.269|
|6||39||Florian THOMA||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||10||1:20.779||0.519|
|7||44||Plamen KRALEV||Kraf Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||5||1:20.870||0.610|
|8||88||Maxime POTTY||WRT Racing Team||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||11||1:20.965||0.705|
|9||52||Givoanni ALTOÈ||Giovanni Altoè||Volkswagen Golf GTi DSG||11||1:21.144||0.884|
|10||11||Francisco ABREU||Team NOVADRIVER||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||10||1:21.183||0.923|
|11||7||Aurélien COMTE||DG Sport Compétition||Peugeot 308 Racing Cup||17||1:21.222||0.962|
|12||10||Antti BURI||LMS Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||10||1:21.443||1.183|
|13||5||Kevin GIACON||Teconodom||Opel Astra TCR||10||1:21.758||1.498|
|14||77||Denis GRIGORIEV||Innocenti – AMG Motorsport||SEAT León TCR DSG||8||1:22.222||1.962|
|15||53||Sandro PELATTI||Sandro Pelatti||Volkswagen Golf GTi DSG||16||1:22.237||1.977|
|16||15||Lev TOLKACHEV||Innocenti – AMG Motorsport||SEAT León TCR DSG||12||1:22.657||2.397|
|17||4||Olli KANGAS||LMS Racing||SEAT León TCR||14||1:22.666||2.406|
|18||54||Ermanno DIONISIO||Ermanno Dionisio||Audi RS3 LMS TCR DSG||11||1:22.852||2.592|
|19||76||Daniele CAPPELLARI||Daniele Cappellari||SEAT León TCR DSG||16||1:23.810||3.550|
|20||55||Giovanni BERTON||Giovanni Berton||Audi RS3 LMS TCR DSG||0||No Time||N/A|