Gilles Magnus pips Santiago Urrutia to top time in first practice

Gilles Magnus pips Santiago Urrutia to top time in first practice

Gilles Magnus
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Comtoyou Racing’s Gilles Magnus pipped fellow Audi racer Santiago Urrutia to the quickest time in first practice for the TCR Europe series in Barcelona, with the Belgian going two tenths faster than the Uruguayan in the final minute of the session.

The early pace was set by Team Clairet Sport’s Jimmy Clairet, who initially put his Peugeot 308 TCR on top of the times with a lap of 1 minute 55.104 seconds.

That was then bettered by WRT’s Urrutia, who put in a lap which was two tenths better to go to P1 in the final five minutes of the session.

However young Belgian Magnus then went even quicker to end first practice with the best time, ahead of Urrutia and WestCoast Racing’s Gianni Morbidelli in third.

“It’s still Free Practice, but it feels good to be P1 because that’s how you know how the car is on this track and how is the BoP,” said Magnus. “It looks pretty good and so I think we may be very happy.

“Tomorrow will probably be raining, so let’s see what happens, but I think it will be a tough weekend. The problem will be that we won’t have driven in the rain before qualifying, so let’s see.

“Being P1 gives confidence and a good feeling for me and also for the team, so it’s nice. After two difficult weekends, this weekend should be ours again – that’s how it goes in TCR, sometimes it’s Hyundai or CUPRA or Honda and now it should be our weekend, if it stays dry!”

Brutal Fish Racing’s Dan Lloyd was the leading Honda driver in fourth after the Brit improved several times in the final few minutes, leaving Clairet in fifth with his lap from early in the session.

Teddy Clairet was just behind his brother in sixth, whilst JSB Compétition’s Julien Briché made it three Peugeots in a row with the seventh-best time.

The second WRT car, the best Volkswagen of Maxime Potty, was eighth, whilst the top ten was completed by the leading Hyundai of M Racing’s Nelson Panciatici and Target Competition’s Andreas Bäckman.

Championship leader Josh Files failed to post a time, along with series returnee Francisco Mora, both due to transponder issues, although both drivers did lap the circuit.

35 cars are taking part in TCR Europe this weekend, after the addition of six new drivers: Brit Jack Young at Vuković Motorsport, Estonian drivers Robin Vaks and Mattias Vahtel at ALM Honda Racing, Russian Evgeni Leonov at Tecnicars Racing, and Portuguese duo Gustavo Moura and Francisco Mora at Novadriver and Veloso Motorsport respectively. The latter five are regular competitors in the TCR Iberico series.

Second practice gets underway at 18:05 CEST (17:05 BST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:54.640 0.000
2 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:54.877 0.237
3 45 Gianni MORBIDELLI WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 1:54.982 0.342
4 123 Daniel LLOYD Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 15 1:55.045 0.405
5 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 12 1:55.104 0.464
6 111 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 13 1:55.462 0.822
7 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 13 1:55.467 0.827
8 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 1:55.471 0.831
9 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:55.626 0.986
10 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:55.706 1.066
11 27 John FILIPPI PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 13 1:55.770 1.130
12 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 13 1:56.103 1.463
13 58 Dominik BAUMANN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:56.160 1.520
14 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:56.239 1.599
15 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKY PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 12 1:56.244 1.604
16 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 12 1:56.262 1.622
17 96 Abdulla Ali AL-KHELAIFI QMMF Racing by PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 13 1:56.334 1.694
18 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:56.430 1.790
19 100 Jack YOUNG Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 13 1:56.595 1.955
20 216 Evgeni LEONOV Tecnicars Racing Team CUPRA TCR 12 1:56.618 1.978
21 67 Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:56.697 2.057
22 30 Luca FILIPPI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:56.772 2.132
23 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 9 1:56.901 2.261
24 50 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 9 1:56.958 2.318
25 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:56.970 2.330
26 21 Marie BAUS-COPPENS JSB Compétition CUPRA TCR 11 1:57.200 2.560
27 23 Tamás TENKE Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 12 1:57.619 2.979
28 46 Olli KANGAS WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:57.791 3.151
29 8 Luca ENGSTLER M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 1:57.873 3.233
30 204 Robin VAKS ALM Honda Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 1:57.970 3.330
31 224 Gustavo MOURA Team Novadriver Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:59.363 4.723
32 223 Mattias VAHTEL ALM Honda Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 1:59.645 5.005
33 66 Gilles COLOMBANI Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 7 2:03.220 8.580
34 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 0 No time N/A
35 226 Francisco MORA Veloso Motorsport CUPRA TCR 0 No time N/A