Santiago Urrutia fastest in first Zolder test session

Cyan Racing’s Santiago Urrutia drew first blood in the first test session for the FIA World Touring Car Cup at Zolder, beating Münnich Motorsport’s Attila Tassi by just over a tenth of a second in the morning session.

Uruguayan Urrutia lapped the Belgian circuit in 1 minute 37.063 seconds as the fastest driver of all in the morning session, which was disrupted by a red flag period.

Honda racer Tassi was 0.142 seconds back in second, ahead of the Audi of Comtoyou Racing’s Tom Coronel in third.

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Four-time World Champion Yvan Muller made it a strong start to the weekend for Lynk & Co by going fourth fastest, 0.228 seconds off his new team-mate’s time, ahead of Münnich Motorsport’s Néstor Girolami in fifth.

Local racer Gilles Magnus, contesting the full WTCR season, was sixth, ahead of the leading Hyundai of Engstler Motorsport’s Nicky Catsburg in seventh.

Reigning champion Norbert Michelisz was just 12th fastest, the Hyundai driver being almost seven tenths off the pace.

Notably, none of Zengő Motorsport’s new CUPRA Leon Competición cars took to the track, leaving Mikel Azcona, Bence Boldizs and Gábor Kismarty-Lechner without a time, along with Münnich Motorsport’s Esteban Guerrieri.

Testing continues this afternoon for four hours from 1300 CEST, whilst the first free practice session is not until Friday afternoon.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 26 1:37.063 0.000
2 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 23 1:37.205 0.142
3 31 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 20 1:37.247 0.184
4 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 28 1:37.291 0.228
5 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 18 1:37.329 0.266
6 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 23 1:37.335 0.272
7 88 Nicky CATSBURG Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 31 1:37.437 0.374
8 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 24 1:37.511 0.448
9 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 32 1:37.546 0.483
10 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 34 1:37.591 0.528
11 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 30 1:37.619 0.556
12 1 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 41 1:37.734 0.671
13 25 Luca FILIPPI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 30 1:37.868 0.805
14 7 Jack YOUNG Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 20 1:38.304 1.241
15 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 33 1:38.434 1.371
16 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 20 1:38.438 1.375
17 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 30 1:39.079 2.016
18 33 Dylan O’KEEFFE Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 18 1:39.454 2.391
19 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 3 No time N/A
20 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 0 No time N/A
21 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 0 No time N/A
22 99 Gábor KISMARTY-LECHNER Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 0 No time N/A
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