Urrutia makes it a clean sweep for Audi in Barcelona practice

Urrutia makes it a clean sweep for Audi in Barcelona practice

Santiago Urrutia maintained Audi’s 100 percent record atop the time sheets in practice for this weekend’s TCR Europe double-header, the Uruguayan a blistering 0.4 seconds clear of the pack.

Following on from fellow Audi runner Gilles Magnus’ earlier benchmark, Team WRT racer Urrutia clocked a best time of 1:53.960s around the 2.89-mile circuit on his final run to eclipse points leader Josh Files (Target Competition).

Files’ runner-up spot led a much-improved showing from the Hyundai runners in FP2, with team mate Dominik Bauman third, a further 0.065s adrift.

Next came Nelson Panciatici and Julien Briche’s Peugeot 308 TCR to round out the top five, the former improving on his final flying lap of the 30-minute session.

Andreas Backman was another similarly late improver, this time to sixth fastest. Daniel Lloyd’s Brutal Fish Honda was seventh.

Mat’o Homola made it five Hyundais in the top ten ahead of Jimmy Clairet and FP1 pace-setter Gilles Magnus, the latter heading into the weekend as the TCR Benelux standings leader.

Jack Young was an impressive twelfth in the Renault Megane TCR, the UK Clio Cup title contender halving his own personal deficit to the benchmark time between practice sessions.

The weekend continues with qualifying tomorrow [21st September] at 11:14 CEST, with wet weather conditions forecast.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:53.960 0.000
2 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 1:54.377 0.417
3 58 Dominik BAUMANN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:54.442 0.482
4 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:54.501 0.541
5 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 11 1:54.556 0.596
6 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:54.637 0.677
7 123 Daniel LLOYD Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 1:54.695 0.735
8 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:54.723 0.763
9 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 12 1:54.782 0.822
10 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:54.786 0.826
11 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:54.808 0.848
12 100 Jack YOUNG Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 12 1:54.825 0.865
13 111 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 11 1:55.001 1.041
14 45 Gianni MORBIDELLI WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:55.005 1.045
15 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 1:55.008 1.048
16 216 Evgeni LEONOV Tecnicars Racing Team CUPRA TCR 11 1:55.166 1.206
17 27 John FILIPPI PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 10 1:55.191 1.231
18 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:55.213 1.253
19 226 Francisco MORA Veloso Motorsport CUPRA TCR 13 1:55.234 1.274
20 96 Abdulla Ali AL-KHELAIFI QMMF Racing by PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 14 1:55.415 1.455
21 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKY PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 12 1:55.521 1.561
22 30 Luca FILIPPI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:55.545 1.585
23 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 13 1:55.589 1.629
24 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 12 1:55.727 1.767
25 50 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 12 1:55.837 1.877
26 46 Olli KANGAS WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:56.203 2.243
27 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 14 1:56.223 2.263
28 23 Tamás TENKE Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 11 1:56.251 2.291
29 8 Luca ENGSTLER M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:56.354 2.394
30 67 Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:56.405 2.445
31 21 Marie BAUS-COPPENS JSB Compétition CUPRA TCR 12 1:56.947 2.987
32 204 Robin VAKS ALM Honda Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 9 1:56.986 3.026
33 66 Gilles COLOMBANI Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 14 1:57.815 3.855
34 223 Mattias VAHTEL ALM Honda Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 1:57.845 3.885
35 224 Gustavo MOURA Team Novadriver Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:58.321 4.361