Santiago Urrutia sets benchmark time in opening Hockenheim practice

Santiago Urrutia sets benchmark time in opening Hockenheim practice

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Team WRT’s Santiago Urruita set the pace in the opening TCR Europe practice session at the Hockenheimring with a late effort to edge out Aurelien Comte.

The Uruguayan put in a best time of 1:48.330 around the 2.8-mile German circuit in the dying embers of the session, beating Comte’s DG Sport Peugeot 308 TCR to top spot by a mere 0.336s.

It was Target Competition’s Josh Files that led the way for the majority of the session, his initial benchmark of 1:48.6s in the Hyundai i30 N TCR standing until the final flying laps.

Compatriot Dan Lloyd also put in a positive showing on his return to TCR competition – and debut in the European category – with fourth in the Brutal Fish Honda Civic Type R FK8.

Teddy Clairet’s Peugeot was fifth, a mere 0.035s ahead of Maxime Potty’s Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in sixth.

Luca Englster, Gilles Magnus and Hungaroring race two winner Julien Briche occupied the next three positions, the trio split by just over a tenth of a second.

Gianni Morbidelli’s WestCoast Racing VW Golf rounded out the top ten.

Stian Paulsen was a credible twelfth behind Andreas Backman on his return to the category after skipping the Budapest season-opener, 1.1s off the pace in his CUPRA TCR.

Another debutant – the Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda of experienced WTCR campaigner Tom Coronel – was 17th, with Mat’o Homola, winner of the season-opener, a surprising 18th behind.

Expect the Hyundais of Dusan Borkovic (15th) and Daniel Nagy (19th) to also climb up the order as the weekend progresses, with both likely to continue their front-running pace once the running gets more competitive on Saturday.

Prior to that, the second practice session from Hockenheim is scheduled to get underway at 15:40 (BST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:48.330 0.000
2 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 15 1:48.666 0.336
3 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:48.689 0.359
4 123 Daniel LLOYD Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 1:48.747 0.417
5 111 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 13 1:48.937 0.607
6 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 1:48.972 0.642
7 8 Luca ENGSTLER M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:48.977 0.647
8 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 1:49.024 0.694
9 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 11 1:49.113 0.783
10 45 Gianni MORBIDELLI WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 1:49.380 1.050
11 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 15 1:49.441 1.111
12 34 Stian PAULSEN Stian Paulsen Racing CUPRA TCR 12 1:49.459 1.129
13 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:49.503 1.173
14 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 12 1:49.506 1.176
15 99 Dániel NAGY M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:49.531 1.201
16 30 Luca FILIPPI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:49.564 1.234
17 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 15 1:49.665 1.335
18 50 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 8 1:49.852 1.522
19 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 15 1:49.909 1.579
20 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:50.211 1.881
21 3 Davit KAJAIA PCR Sport with Georgia CUPRA TCR 13 1:50.302 1.972
22 96 Abdulla Ali AL-KHELAIFI QMMF Racing by PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 14 1:50.597 2.267
23 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKY PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 14 1:50.699 2.369
24 23 Tamás TENKE Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 12 1:50.764 2.434
25 46 Olli KANGAS WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 1:50.772 2.442
26 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:51.094 2.764
27 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing Renault Mégane RS TCR 14 1:51.272 2.942
28 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 14 1:51.308 2.978
29 27 John FILIPPI Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 3 1:51.363 3.033
30 44 Lilou WADOUX JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 14 1:51.635 3.305
31 81 Stéphane VENTAJA Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 10 1:51.979 3.649
32 21 Marie BAUS-COPPENS JSB Compétition CUPRA TCR 15 1:53.539 5.209