Vernay and Berthon post identical times to end day fastest

Jean-Karl Vernay and Nathanaël Berthon posted identical lap times in the afternoon test session for the FIA World Touring Car Cup at Zolder, going three tenths quicker than the pace in the morning session.

Team Mulsanne’s Vernay had been on top of the times for much of the session, posting a lap time of 1 minute 36.771 seconds after around two and a half hours to go to the top of the times to go three tenths quicker than the morning pace.

Berthon then matched Vernay’s time to the thousandth in the closing seconds, the Comtoyou Racing Audi driver thus ending up joint fastest of the day.

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On a warm and sunny day in Belgium, Vernay proved that he still has the pace to challenge for wins, despite completing only a handful of laps in the Italian team’s car prior to the event.

Néstor Girolami was the leading Honda driver in third, a mere 0.037 seconds shy of the pace, in a session which saw the top 14 cars covered by less than a second.

Fourth-placed Tiago Monteiro was also within a tenth of the fastest lap, as Münnich Motorsport drivers occupied positions three to six with Attila Tassi in fifth and Esteban Guerrieri in sixth.

Guerrieri’s team had to earlier overcome an issue which prevented the Argentine completing any running in the morning’s session.

Cyan Racing’s Yann Ehrlacher was the leading Lynk & Co driver in seventh, just under two tenths off the pace, ahead of the Audi of Comtoyou Racing’s Tom Coronel in eighth.

The top ten was completed by the Hyundai of reigning champion Norbert Michelisz and the Audi of Gilles Magnus.

The morning’s pace-setter, Uruguayan Santiago Urrutia, could only manage 15th in his Lynk & Co, 1.165 seconds adrift of the pace.

Australian wildcard entry Dylan O’Keeffe was a respectable 17th in the leading Vuković Motorsport Renault, 1.3 seconds from Vernay and Berthon.

Zengő Motorsport’s drivers again suffered from a lack of running in their new CUPRA Leon Competición cars, with Mikel Azcona only completing ten laps on his way to 19th, a second and a half off.

Bence Boldizs failed to even complete a lap, adding to his lack of running in the morning.

Free practice 1 takes place at 16:00 CEST (15:00 BST) on Friday.

Afternoon session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 39 1:36.771 0.000
2 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 27 1:36.771 0.000
3 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 33 1:36.808 0.037
4 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 42 1:36.820 0.049
5 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 35 1:36.898 0.127
6 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 17 1:36.938 0.167
7 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 43 1:36.955 0.184
8 31 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 40 1:37.143 0.372
9 1 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 50 1:37.181 0.410
10 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 39 1:37.194 0.423
11 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 47 1:37.314 0.543
12 88 Nicky CATSBURG Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 48 1:37.369 0.598
13 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 45 1:37.407 0.636
14 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 41 1:37.556 0.785
15 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 33 1:37.936 1.165
16 25 Luca FILIPPI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 38 1:38.048 1.277
17 33 Dylan O’KEEFFE Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 33 1:38.105 1.334
18 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 42 1:38.139 1.368
19 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 10 1:38.278 1.507
20 7 Jack YOUNG Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 22 1:38.332 1.561
21 99 Gábor KISMARTY-LECHNER Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 6 1:44.591 7.820
22 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 0 No time N/A

Morning 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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