Gilles Magnus lowers the benchmark in second practice

Comtoyou Racing’s Gilles Magnus lowered the benchmark time in the final FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) practice session at Circuit Zolder.

The Belgian impressed on home turf, clocking a best time of 1:36.065 in the Audi RS3 LMS to edge out team mate Nathanael Berthon by 0.137 seconds; the sister car of Tom Coronel was fourth quickest to complete a strong session for the squad.

They were split by Yvan Muller, the Cyan Racing challenger putting his Lynk & Co. into third overall despite clipping a tyre stack on the inside of the Kleine chicane near the end of the session, 0.2 seconds adrift of Magnus at the top of the time sheets.

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Muller’s team mate Thed Bjork rounded out the five fastest runners, just 0.006 seconds slower than Coronel.

Jean-Karl Vernay went two better than opening practice with sixth in the Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta, whilst Attila Tassi matched his seventh place from yesterday in the leading Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R.

Yann Ehrlacher enjoyed an improved run to eighth, with Free Practice 1 pace setter Nestor Girolami ninth. Tiago Monteiro once again rounds out the top ten.

Jack Young was 13th fastest, but responsible for the session-ending red flag with two minutes left on the clock, the Brit spinning at the first corner.

His Vukovic Motorsport-run Renault Megane R.S. came to rest on the corner exit and couldn’t be restarted, bringing the session to an abrupt end.

The two BRC Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR cars provided the other notable result, with reigning champion Norbert Michelisz only 18th; team mate Gabriele Tarquini was a further half-second behind in 20th.

Competitive action begins with qualifying later this afternoon, the action scheduled to get underway at 13:00 (BST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 1:36.065 0.000
2 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:36.202 0.137
3 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 13 1:36.302 0.237
4 31 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:36.312 0.247
5 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 11 1:36.318 0.253
6 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 12 1:36.377 0.312
7 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 12 1:36.460 0.395
8 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 12 1:36.511 0.446
9 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 12 1:36.579 0.514
10 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 1:36.596 0.531
11 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 12 1:36.600 0.535
12 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 11 1:36.660 0.595
13 7 Jack YOUNG Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 12 1:36.880 0.815
14 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:37.050 0.985
15 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 12 1:37.093 1.028
16 25 Luca FILIPPI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 12 1:37.142 1.077
17 33 Dylan O’KEEFFE Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 13 1:37.311 1.246
18 1 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:37.385 1.320
19 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 12 1:37.745 1.680
20 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:37.934 1.869
21 88 Nicky CATSBURG Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:38.157 2.092
22 99 Gábor KISMARTY-LECHNER Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 13 1:39.138 3.073
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