Mat’o Homola leads all-Hyundai top six in opening TCR Europe Monza practice

Mat’o Homola leads all-Hyundai top six in opening TCR Europe Monza practice

Photo: TCR Media

Target Competition’s Mat’o Homola led an all-Hyundai top six to take the honours in the opening practice session of the TCR Europe season finale at Monza.

The Hyundais made a strong start despite being joint-heaviest cars with the Hondas this weekend as Homola headed M1RA Motorsport racer Luca Engstler by just over a tenth, posting a best time of 1.57.488 to top the session.

Behind Engstler was the remainder of the Target-run Hyundais, with standings leader Josh Files in third position ahead of Andreas Bäckman – who still remains in mathematical contention of the title – but sits 83 points adrift of Files and out of a realistic title bid.

Dominik Bauman was next ahead of Jessica Bäckman, who sat over six tenths adrift of Homola’s benchmark as the last of the Target Competition machines.

The first non-Hyundai runner was Gilles Magnus in his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS, albeit some 0.812s off the overall pace.

Making it eight Hyundais in the top ten was Natan Bihel and Luca Filippi, the M Racing and BRC Racing Team runners placing eighth and ninth respectively.

Completing the top ten for Team WRT was Santiago Urrutia, just ahead of fellow Audi runner Sami Taoufik.

Notably, title contender Julien Briché sat 14th in his Peugeot 308 TCR ahead of Guilherme Salas’ Renault Megane RS, while series returnee Stian Paulsen’s CUPRA was 16th.

Second practice for the TCR Europe season finale at Monza is scheduled to get underway at 16:20 CEST [15:20 BST].

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:57.488 0.000
2 8 Luca ENGSTLER M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:57.590 0.102
3 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:57.617 0.129
4 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:57.876 0.388
5 58 Dominik BAUMANN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:58.051 0.563
6 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:58.129 0.641
7 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:58.300 0.812
8 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:58.337 0.849
9 30 Luca FILIPPI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:58.505 1.017
10 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:58.609 1.121
11 15 Sami TAOUFIK Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:58.676 1.188
12 45 Gianni MORBIDELLI WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 1:58.702 1.214
13 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 12 1:58.719 1.231
14 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 13 1:58.842 1.354
15 85 Guilherme SALAS Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 12 1:59.195 1.707
16 34 Stian PAULSEN Stian Paulsen Racing CUPRA TCR 9 1:59.225 1.737
17 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:59.297 1.809
18 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKY PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 6 1:59.356 1.868
19 27 John FILIPPI PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 11 1:59.459 1.971
20 14 Klim GAVRILOV VRC Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:59.522 2.034
21 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 13 1:59.538 2.050
22 96 Abdulla Ali AL-KHELAIFI QMMF Racing by PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 12 1:59.845 2.357
23 123 Daniel LLOYD Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 7 1:59.862 2.374
24 23 Tamás TENKE Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 12 1:59.946 2.458
25 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 1:59.963 2.475
26 46 Olli KANGAS WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:59.980 2.492
27 111 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 13 2:00.100 2.612
28 91 Grigoriy BURLUTSKIY Carville Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 2:00.297 2.809
29 22 Josh BURDON Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 6 2:01.162 3.674
30 117 Albert LEGUTKO Legutko Racing – ADAC Berlin Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR 12 2:01.736 4.248
31 18 Paul IP Kung Ching Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 8 2:06.837 9.349
32 21 Marie BAUS-COPPENS JSB Compétition CUPRA TCR 4 2:33.526 36.038
33 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 2 2:40.562 43.074
34 50 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 0 No time N/A