Santiago Urrutia heads Honda duo in opening TCR Europe Oschersleben practice

Santiago Urrutia heads Honda duo in opening TCR Europe Oschersleben practice

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Team WRT’s Santiago Urrutia put in a late effort to top the opening TCR Europe practice session at Oschersleben, heading the Honda duo of Tom Coronel and Dan Lloyd.

The Uruguayan racer set a time of 1:31.681 in the final two minutes of the session to edge out Bousten Ginion Racing’s Coronel and Brutal Fish Racing’s Dan Lloyd, who had also displayed strong pace in the final third of the half-hour session.

Erstwhile session leader Nelson Panciatici was the fastest Hyundai entrant, with Red Bull Ring race two winner Luca Engstler completing the top five, albeit six-and-a-half tenths adrift of Urrutia’s benchmark.

Target Competition’s Andreas Bäckman led the early stages of first practice in his Hyundai along with Gianni Morbidelli, who tasted success here in TCR International in 2017 but would end this session 7th.

Davit Kajaia’s CUPRA was next in eighth position, continuing his strong form from the Red Bull Ring last time out but eventually being forced to end his session prematurely with damage to the front-right corner of his car.

In ninth position was Zsolt Szabó, who replaced Dániel Nagy at the M1RA squad, enjoying a positive start to life with the Hungarian outfit.

Another Hyundai completed the top ten in the form of Jessica Bäckman, with Red Bull Ring podium finisher Alex Morgan in 11th ahead of Luca Filippi.

Next was Maxime Potty ahead of Aurélien Comte in the fastest of the Peugeots, while Dušan Borkovic’s replacement Dominik Baumann was 15th.

Notably, championship leader Josh Files did not set a representative time in 17th, almost two seconds off the pace.

Practice two of TCR Europe at Oschersleben gets underway at 16:10 CEST [15:10 BST].

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 15 1:31.681 0.000
2 50 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 12 1:31.881 0.200
3 123 Daniel LLOYD Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 13 1:32.085 0.404
4 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:32.166 0.485
5 8 Luca ENGSTLER M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:32.331 0.650
6 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 1:32.914 1.233
7 45 Gianni MORBIDELLI WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 1:33.007 1.326
8 3 Davit KAJAIA PCR Sport with Georgia CUPRA TCR 10 1:33.108 1.427
9 67 Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:33.134 1.453
10 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 1:33.161 1.480
11 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 15 1:33.187 1.506
12 30 Luca FILIPPI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:33.194 1.513
13 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 1:33.226 1.545
14 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 15 1:33.266 1.585
15 58 Dominik BAUMANN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 1:33.388 1.707
16 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 1:33.472 1.791
17 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:33.607 1.926
18 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKY PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 15 1:33.632 1.951
19 111 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 15 1:33.677 1.996
20 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 1:33.719 2.038
21 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 14 1:33.754 2.073
22 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 14 1:33.817 2.136
23 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 15 1:34.020 2.339
24 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 14 1:34.798 3.117
25 46 Olli KANGAS WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 1:34.819 3.138
26 23 Tamás TENKE Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 15 1:34.950 3.269
27 96 Abdulla Ali AL-KHELAIFI QMMF Racing by PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 17 1:35.245 3.564
28 77 Sylvain PUSSIER Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 15 1:35.638 3.957