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Jaap van Lagen sets the pace in first Zandvoort practice

Leopard Lukoil stand-in driver Jaap van Lagen set the pace in first practice for the TCR Europe series at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, with the Audi driver lapping three tenths faster than the CUPRA of Mikel Azcona.

Whilst PCR Sport’s Azcona was the early pace-setter, Van Lagen hit the top of the times after just over ten minutes in the Audi RS3 LMS, which he is driving as a stand-in for Jean-Karl Vernay this weekend. As a new driver, van Lagen took to the track with new tyres, giving him a clear advantage over his rivals.

Cedric Piro ended the half hour session in third, having hauled his Honda up the timesheets in the last ten minutes to end up as the leading Honda and also the best of the TCR Benelux eligible drivers.

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Target Competition’s Kris Richard was fourth fastest in the best of the Hyundais, just over a second off the pace, with the South Korean marque getting four cars inside the top ten despite the latest Balance of Performance [BoP] measures.

Comtoyou Racing’s Maxime Potty was fifth fastest and the leading Volkswagen driver, ahead of M1RA’s Dániel Nagy in sixth, who improved his time in the closing minutes.

The second Target Hyundai of Reece Barr was seventh, with eighth-place Peugeot driver Julien Briché splitting the Target cars of Barr and team-mate Dušan Borković in ninth.

KCMG’s Josh Files completed the top ten, the Brit lapping the Dutch circuit 1.687 seconds off the pace in his Honda.

Of note, Igor Stefanovski was out on circuit in his repaired Hyundai i30 N, after his team successfully completed repairs to the car following his big crash in the second TCR Europe race at Circuit Paul Ricard just under two weeks’ ago.

Track limits at Turn 13 proved to be an issue for Stian Paulsen, who ended the session just outside the top ten in 11th.

Second practice for TCR Europe takes place at 13:20 CEST (12:20 BST).

Session results

1 46 Jaap VAN LAGEN Leopard Lukoil Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:45.226 0.000
2 25 Mikel AZCONA PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 13 1:45.587 0.361
3 13 Cedric PIRO Autodis Racing by Piro Sports Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR 12 1:45.956 0.730
4 94 Kris RICHARD Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:46.268 1.042
5 88 Maxime POTTY Comtoyou Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:46.413 1.187
6 999 Dániel NAGY M1RA Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:46.511 1.285
7 8 Reece BARR Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:46.558 1.332
8 4 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 14 1:46.573 1.347
9 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:46.828 1.602
10 99 Josh FILES Hell Energy Racing with KCMG Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR 12 1:46.913 1.687
11 34 Stian PAULSEN Stian Paulsen Racing CUPRA TCR 11 1:46.954 1.728
12 38 Danny KROES PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 14 1:46.973 1.747
13 9 Attila TASSI Hell Energy Racing with KCMG Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR 14 1:47.008 1.782
14 11 Jens Reno MØLLER Reno Racing Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR 13 1:47.385 2.159
15 7 Igor STEFANOVSKI Stefanovski Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:47.739 2.513
16 26 Francisco MORA M1RA Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:47.943 2.717
17 14 Loris CENCETTI Autodis Racing by Piro Sports Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:48.183 2.957
18 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKY PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR 15 1:48.217 2.991
19 20 Márk JEDLÓCZKY JLG Sport CUPRA TCR 14 1:48.400 3.174
20 23 Francisco ABREU Sports & You Peugeot 308 TCR 2 1:51.214 5.988
21 21 Marie BAUS-COPPENS JSB Compétition CUPRA TCR DSG 14 1:51.270 6.044
22 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 3 1:59.677 14.451
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