Gilles Magnus secures maiden TCR Europe pole position at Spa

Gilles Magnus secures maiden TCR Europe pole position at Spa

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Comtoyou Racing’s Gilles Magnus scored his maiden TCR Europe pole position ahead of fellow Audi runner Santiago Urrutia at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

In what was a disjointed qualifying session, Brutal Fish Racing Team’s Dan Lloyd set the third fastest time, but is under investigation as to whether he should have been competing in Q2 after only placing 18th in Q1.

Seemingly Lloyd had set a time good enough for Q2 just after a red flag ended the session with two minutes remaining, and the team sent him out on track for the second session. It appears likely his time of third will be deleted.

The initial confusion was caused as opening practice pacesetter Teddy Clairet should have progressed into the second session, but crashed at Raidillon and the car was not ready at the start of Q2.

With the top 12 runners going through to Q2, logically it should have been Olli Kangas competing in the session, rather than Lloyd.

Notably, championship leader Josh Files will start the opening race in 33rd after having his best time deleted due to track limits, and then crashing at Eau Rouge to end the session prematurely.

It is unknown how heavy the damage to his Hyundai is, and whether it will be repaired for race one.

Behind Lloyd’s provisional third position was Maxime Potty, who finished on the podium in the opening race at Spa last year. Rounding out the top five was 2017 BTCC champion Ash Sutton, who bounced back after having times deleted due to track limits violations in both sessions.

Next was the Peugeot duo of Aurélien Comte and Julien Briché, the latter managing to compete in Q1 despite a heavy crash in FP2 yesterday leaving the team with plenty of repairs to make overnight.

Mat’o Homola was eighth in the fastest of the Hyundai runners, ahead of Jimmy Clairet’s Peugeot while Davit Kajaia completed the top ten.

Dušan Borković is likely to start race two from reverse-grid pole, although this is provisional depending on Dan Lloyd’s eventual result.

The Serbian racer’s Target Competition stablemate Andreas Bäckman finished 12th in the second session.

The opening race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps is scheduled to get underway at 13:50 CEST [12:50 BST].

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 3 2:28.885 0.000
2 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 4 2:28.950 0.065
3 123 Daniel LLOYD Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 3 2:29.209 0.324
4 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 2:29.793 0.908
5 116 Ashley SUTTON Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 2:29.829 0.944
6 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 4 2:29.914 1.029
7 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 3 2:30.021 1.136
8 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 2:30.234 1.349
9 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 4 2:30.248 1.363
10 3 Davit KAJAIA PCR Sport with Georgia CUPRA TCR 4 2:30.263 1.378
11 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 2:30.453 1.568
12 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 2:31.197 2.312

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 7 2:28.994 0.000
2 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 7 2:29.424 0.430
3 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 2:29.823 0.829
4 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 7 2:29.895 0.901
5 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 7 2:29.933 0.939
6 116 Ashley SUTTON Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 7 2:30.026 1.032
7 111 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 3 2:30.445 1.451
8 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 2:30.463 1.469
9 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 2:30.507 1.513
10 3 Davit KAJAIA PCR Sport with Georgia CUPRA TCR 7 2:30.705 1.711
11 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 2:30.796 1.802
12 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 7 2:30.860 1.866
13 46 Olli KANGAS WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 3 2:30.861 1.867
14 50 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 7 2:30.877 1.883
15 45 Gianni MORBIDELLI WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 7 2:30.883 1.889
16 8 Luca ENGSTLER M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 2:30.891 1.897
17 34 Stian PAULSEN Stian Paulsen Racing CUPRA TCR 6 2:31.135 2.141
18 123 Daniel LLOYD Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 7 2:31.262 2.268
19 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 2:31.270 2.276
20 99 Dániel NAGY M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 2:31.353 2.359
21 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 2:31.434 2.440
22 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 2:31.956 2.962
23 30 Luca FILIPPI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 2:32.392 3.398
24 23 Tamás TENKE Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 7 2:32.480 3.486
25 14 Klim GAVRILOV VRC Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 7 2:32.535 3.541
26 27 John FILIPPI Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 7 2:32.799 3.805
27 96 Abdulla Ali AL-KHELAIFI QMMF Racing by PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 6 2:34.707 5.713
28 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 6 2:35.410 6.416
29 21 Marie BAUS-COPPENS JSB Compétition CUPRA TCR 7 2:35.426 6.432
30 38 Lewis KENT Essex & Kent Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 2:37.195 8.201
31 81 Stéphane VENTAJA Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 6 2:37.453 8.459
32 44 Lilou WADOUX JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 7 2:41.704 12.710
33 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 2:43.094 14.100
34 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKY PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 3 5:08.651 39.657