Nelson Panciatici heads Hyundai 1-2-3 in first TCR Europe practice

Nelson Panciatici heads Hyundai 1-2-3 in first TCR Europe practice

Nelson Pantiatici
Photo: TCR Media

M Racing’s Nelson Panciatici led a Hyundai 1-2-3 in the first practice session for the TCR Europe series at the Hungaroring, ahead of M1RA’s Dániel Nagy and Target Competition’s Josh Files.

Frenchman Panciatici hit the top of the times around the half-way stage of the session, posting a time of 1 minute 53.761 seconds to end up around eight tenths slower than the best time in the WTCR’s earlier practice session.

Hungarian racer Nagy was second, just half a tenth slower, ahead of Brit Files in third, with the top three Hyundai drivers covered by less than a tenth of a second.

Comtoyou Racing’s Gilles Magnus was the best Audi driver in fourth, whilst Jessica Bäckman beat her brother in the first session of the year to end up in fifth, ahead of Target team-mate Mat’o Homola in sixth.

WestCoast Racing’s Gianni Morbidelli had set the early pace in the session, with a lap of 1 minute 54.094 seconds after just under ten minutes, but the Italian slipped back to seventh as he failed to improve in the second half of the session.

Andreas Bäckman was eighth fastest, ahead of fellow Hyundai racer Luca engstler in ninth. In all, seven of the ten Hyundais entered made it into the top ten.

The top ten was completed by the Peugeot 308 of DG Sport’s Aurélien Comte, with the Frenchman being just over half a second from the pace.

The most notable incident of the session was when Milovan Vesnić stopped on the circuit in the second sector after ten minutes, prompting a short full-course yellow.

Team WRT’s Santiago Urrutia was 13th fastest in his Audi, ahead of team-mate Maxime Potty in the Volkswagen in 14th.

The best of the TCR Eastern Europe drivers was Czech racer Jáchym Galáš in 27th in his Volkswagen Golf.

Second practice takes place at 13:45 CEST (12:45 BST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:53.761 0.000
2 99 Dániel NAGY M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:53.814 0.053
3 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 1:53.846 0.085
4 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:53.924 0.163
5 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:53.988 0.227
6 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:53.996 0.235
7 45 Gianni MORBIDELLI WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 1:54.094 0.333
8 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:54.122 0.361
9 8 Luca ENGSTLER M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 1:54.232 0.471
10 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 11 1:54.281 0.520
11 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 1:54.459 0.698
12 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 11 1:54.638 0.877
13 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:54.680 0.919
14 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:54.706 0.945
15 2 Stéphane LEMERET Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 1:54.852 1.091
16 111 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 12 1:54.861 1.100
17 3 Davit KAJAIA PCR Sport with Georgia CUPRA TCR 11 1:54.989 1.228
18 27 John FILIPPI Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 12 1:55.110 1.349
19 30 Luca FILIPPI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:55.334 1.573
20 46 Olli KANGAS WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:55.470 1.709
21 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 13 1:55.535 1.774
22 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:55.560 1.799
23 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing Renault Mégane RS TCR 10 1:55.662 1.901
24 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 13 1:55.677 1.916
25 44 Lilou WADOUX JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 11 1:55.889 2.128
26 96 Abdulla Ali AL-KHELAIFI QMMF Racing by PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 12 1:56.229 2.468
27 324 Jáchym GALÁŠ GT2 Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 7 1:56.339 2.578
28 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 13 1:56.459 2.698
29 81 Stéphane VENTAJA Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 14 1:57.514 3.753
30 21 Marie BAUS-COPPENS JSB Compétition CUPRA TCR 12 1:57.579 3.818
31 377 Jakub WYSZOMIRSKY ASK Vesnić Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR 12 1:57.589 3.828
32 332 Rudi PEŠOVIĆ GM Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:58.465 4.704
33 307 Maciej ŁASKIEWICZ RTM Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:58.898 5.137
34 322 Carol WITTKE Fullinrace Academy CUPRA TCR 11 1:58.979 5.218
35 376 Petr ČíŽEK Fullinrace Academy CUPRA TCR 12 1:59.107 5.346
36 374 Žarko KNEGO Auto Klub Dubrovnik Racing CUPRA TCR 13 1:59.892 6.131
37 331 Milovan VESNIĆ ASK Vesnić CUPRA TCR 3 2:06.033 12.272