Dan Lloyd sets the pace in opening practice at the Red Bull...

Dan Lloyd sets the pace in opening practice at the Red Bull Ring

Dan Lloyd
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Dan Lloyd put his Brutal Fish Racing Honda on top of the times in the opening free practice session for the TCR Europe series at the Red Bull Ring, pipping Stian Paulsen’s CUPRA in the final minutes of the session.

Lloyd went quickest inside the final two minutes, whilst Paulsen followed shortly afterwards by setting the second quickest lap, just 0.189 seconds slower than the Brit.

Luca Engstler was the leading Hyundai driver in third, the M1RA driver having been fastest for 15 minutes until Lloyd bettered his lap of 1 minute 37.334 seconds.

WRT’s Maxime Potty claimed the bragging rights as the top Volkswagen driver in fourth, just ahead of WestCoast Racing’s Gianni Morbidelli in fifth.

The Volkswagen cars have been given a 10 kg weight break ahead of the weekend, along with the CUPRA cars, whilst the Audis have had their Balance of Performance [BoP] weight dropped by 20 kg.

PCR Sport’s Davit Kajaia put his CUPRA in sixth, ahead of the Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda of Tom Coronel in seventh.

The top ten was completed by the M Racing Hyundais of Nelson Panciatici and Natan Bihel, and WestCoast Racing’s Olli Kangas respectively, the latter being the last driver within a second of the pace.

Championship leader Julien Briché was just 23rd in the second fastest of the Peugeot cars, which have had a 50 kg increase in their compensation weight for this weekend’s event.

None of the top five drivers in the points cracked the top ten in first practice, with Comtoyou Racing’s Gilles Magnus the best-placed in 14th, whilst Mat’o Homola was 16th and Josh Files 22nd.

Second practice gets underway at 17:35 CEST (16:35 BST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 123 Daniel LLOYD Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 17 1:36.755 0.000
2 34 Stian PAULSEN Stian Paulsen Racing CUPRA TCR 15 1:36.944 0.189
3 8 Luca ENGSTLER M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:37.334 0.579
4 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 1:37.509 0.754
5 45 Gianni MORBIDELLI WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 1:37.579 0.824
6 3 Davit KAJAIA PCR Sport with Georgia CUPRA TCR 17 1:37.625 0.870
7 50 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 16 1:37.655 0.900
8 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:37.665 0.910
9 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:37.753 0.998
10 46 Olli KANGAS WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 1:37.821 1.066
11 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKY PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 15 1:37.822 1.067
12 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 1:37.847 1.092
13 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing Renault Mégane RS TCR 11 1:37.951 1.196
14 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:37.973 1.218
15 30 Luca FILIPPI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:38.015 1.260
16 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 1:38.038 1.283
17 99 Dániel NAGY M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:38.055 1.300
18 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 1:38.061 1.306
19 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 1:38.064 1.309
20 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 17 1:38.113 1.358
21 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:38.342 1.587
22 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:38.406 1.651
23 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 16 1:38.610 1.855
24 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 15 1:38.812 2.057
25 27 John FILIPPI Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 13 1:38.897 2.142
26 23 Tamás TENKE Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 14 1:38.950 2.195
27 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 17 1:39.014 2.259
28 111 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 16 1:39.046 2.291
29 66 Gilles COLOMBANI Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 16 1:44.382 7.627