Niels Langeveld leads the way in sodden first Suzuka practice

Audi’s Niels Langeveld’s lead the way in a very wet first practice session for the FIA World Touring Car Cup at Suzuka, pipping Comtoyou Racing team-mate Frédéric Vervisch by less than a tenth of a second.

Langeveld lapped the 2.243 km circuit in 1 minute 0.153 seconds in wet conditions, as the weekend kicked off in poor weather.

The Dutchman had improved his time late-on in the session, as Audi stole a march in the early running.

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The session did not run without incident, however, as Langeveld’s team-mate Aurélien Panis, in one of the Belgian squad’s CUPRAs, went off at Turn 1 with 16 minutes to go, bringing out the red flags and requiring his car to be repaired ahead of Free Practice 2 and qualifying later in the day.

The session resumed with five minutes left and Langeveld rose to the top times of the times ahead of Vervisch.

“I was the first driver going out on track and I said to my team that there was something wrong with the car because down the straight it was moving from left to right – but it was just aquaplaning,” said Langeveld of the conditions.

“But as the session went on I felt quite confident and after the red flag I put everything together to set my lap.”

Gabriele Tarquini was the quickest Hyundai driver in third, ahead of the Volkswagen of Rob Huff in fourth.

Yvan Muller put his Lynk & Co in fifth, whilst Tiago Monteiro was sixth in his Honda, making it five different brands in the top six.

Monteiro is at the wheel of a brand-new Honda Civic this weekend after he suffered a big crash at the last round in China.

Championship leader Norbert Michelisz was just 25th in his Hyundai, almost two seconds off the pace as the Hungarian completed fewer laps than most of the field.

Ritomo Miyata was the best of the wildcard entrants in 12th in his Team Hitotsuyama Audi.

Second practice gets underway at 10:15 local time.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 10 Niels LANGEVELD Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 21 1:00.153 0.000
2 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 19 1:00.228 0.075
3 1 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 1:00.487 0.334
4 12 Rob HUFF SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 19 1:00.561 0.408
5 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 20 1:00.576 0.423
6 18 Tiago MONTEIRO KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 21 1:00.804 0.651
7 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 1:00.842 0.689
8 96 Mikel AZCONA PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 23 1:00.911 0.758
9 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 20 1:00.929 0.776
10 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 1:00.934 0.781
11 33 Benjamin LEUCHTER SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 21 1:01.012 0.859
12 77 Ritomo MIYATA Audi Team Hitotsuyama Audi RS3 LMS TCR 29 1:01.072 0.919
13 37 Daniel HAGLÖF PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 20 1:01.164 1.011
14 111 Andy PRIAULX Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 23 1:01.218 1.065
15 21 Aurélien PANIS Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 12 1:01.239 1.086
16 31 Kevin CECCON Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 24 1:01.267 1.114
17 9 Attila TASSI KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 21 1:01.292 1.139
18 50 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 18 1:01.301 1.148
19 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 23 1:01.360 1.207
20 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 21 1:01.431 1.278
21 55 Ma QING HUA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 22 1:01.447 1.294
22 25 Mehdi BENNANI SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 1:01.464 1.311
23 88 Nicky CATSBURG BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 23 1:01.732 1.579
24 19 Jim KA TO KC Motorgroup Honda Civic Type R TCR 23 1:01.994 1.841
25 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 15 1:02.007 1.854
26 14 Johan KRISTOFFERSSON SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:02.045 1.892
27 7 Ryuichiro TOMITA Audi Team Hitotsuyama Audi RS3 LMS TCR 20 1:02.096 1.943
28 8 Augusto FARFUS BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 24 1:02.109 1.956
29 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 23 1:02.363 2.210
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