Julien Briché tops dry second practice at Monza

Julien Briché put his Peugeot on top of the times in a dry second TCR Europe free practice session at Monza, over half a second clear of the Audi of first practice pace-setter Mehdi Bennani.

After the first session at Monza was disrupted by significant rainfall, second practice took place on a dry circuit, allowing drivers to get in more meaningful running ahead of the weekend’s races.

Whilst Brutal Fish Racing’s Pepe Oriola had been the first driver to break below the 2-minute mark after six minutes, before BRC Racing’s Mat’o Homola had a brief spell at the top of the times, it was mostly Briché and Bennani trading top times in the second half of the session.

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Comtoyou Racing’s Bennani took P1 just before the halfway stage with an effort of 1 minute 59.185 seconds, before being ousted by one-off entrant Felice Jelmini and then Briché, who put in an effort of 1:58.723.

Bennani then improved to a 1:58.723, followed by a 1:58.377, but it was Briché who ended the session fastest, the JSB Compétition driver putting in two quick laps late on to end with a best lap of 1:57.726.

Briché’s best lap was still almost 1.4 seconds slower than his ;pole position time set at the circuit last year.

Bennani ended the session in second, 0.651 seconds back, ahead of the Peugeot of Jimmy Clairet in third.

Sami Taoufik made it another strong session for Comtoyou Racing, putting his Audi in fourth just over a second adrift, ahead of the leading Hyundai of Target Competition’s Jessica Bäckman in fifth.

BRC Racing’s Mat’o Homola was sixth, ahead of the fastest Honda of Pepe Oriola in seventh, the Spaniard 1.1 seconds adrift of the pace.

The top ten was completed by Target’s John Filippi, PMA Motorsport’s Jelmini and the second Clairet Peugeot of Teddy Clairet.

The brand new Fiat Tipo TCR, being run by Tecnodom Sport and driven by the experienced Luca Rangoni, was 21st fastest in its first session in the dry, just over four seconds off the pace.

Qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 10:55 CEST (09:55 BST) on Saturday.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 13 1:57.726 0.000
2 250 Mehdi BENNANI Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:58.377 0.651
3 21 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 13 1:58.694 0.968
4 25 Sami TAOUFIK Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:58.729 1.003
5 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:58.732 1.006
6 70 Mat’o HOMOLA BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:58.763 1.037
7 74 Pepe ORIOLA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 13 1:58.887 1.161
8 27 John FILIPPI Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 1:58.999 1.273
9 44 Felice JELMINI PMA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 1:59.032 1.306
10 20 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 14 1:59.043 1.317
11 99 Dániel NAGY BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:59.043 1.317
12 7 Mike HALDER Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 13 1:59.129 1.403
13 8 Nicolas BAERT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:59.174 1.448
14 53 Michelle HALDER Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 13 1:59.498 1.772
15 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 1:59.725 1.999
16 123 Daniel LLOYD Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 11 1:59.732 2.006
17 16 Evgenii LEONOV Volcano Motorsport CUPRA TCR 12 1:59.922 2.196
18 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 14 1:59.932 2.206
19 6 Jean Laurent NAVARRO JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 9 2:00.844 3.118
20 66 Gilles COLOMBANI Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 14 2:01.457 3.731
21 64 Luca RANGONI Tecnodom Sport Fiat Tipo TCR 9 2:01.818 4.092
22 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 2:02.030 4.304
23 15 Kevin GIACON Tecnodom Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 2:02.112 4.386
24 81 Stéphane VENTAJA Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 14 2:02.196 4.470
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