TCR Europe championship leader Tom Coronel was the fastest driver in the opening free practice session at a wet Monza, a tenth and a half of a second ahead of Comtoyou Racing team-mate Viktor Davidovski.
Audis locked out the top six positions at the fast Italian circuit, with Coronel emerging as the quickest of the ten RS3 drivers entered into the event, lapping in 2 minutes 12.657 seconds, over 16 seconds slower than the lap record set in 2019.
Belgian Kobe Pauwels was third, just over four tenths adrift, with Lewis Brown, Nicola Baldan and John Filippi in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively ensuring that Comtoyou Racing locked out the top six places with all six of its entries.
MA:GP’s Viktor Andersson was the ‘best of the rest’ in seventh, the Lynk & Co driver being the only other person with a second of Coronel’s pace.
Ukrainian newcomer Ivan Pelin was eighth in another Audi, with the top ten being completed by the ALM Motorsport Honda of Ruben Volt and Felice Jelmini’s Audi.
All other drivers were over two seconds adrift, with Giacomo Ghermandi in 11th, Daniel Tkachenko in 12th and Hyundai duo Levente Losonczy and Giovanni Scamardi propping up the times in 13th and 14th respectively.
Second practice is scheduled to get underway at 18:19 CEST (17:19 BST), just an hour before sunset.
|1||34||Tom CORONEL||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||11||2:12.657||–|
|2||11||Viktor DAVIDOVSKI||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||12||2:12.814||0.157|
|3||22||Kobe PAUWELS||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||11||2:13.077||0.420|
|4||39||Lewis BROWN||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||11||2:13.128||0.471|
|5||8||Nicola BALDAN||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||9||2:13.231||0.574|
|6||27||John FILIPPI||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||10||2:13.236||0.579|
|7||10||Viktor ANDERSSON||MA:GP||Lynk & Co 03 TCR||11||2:13.459||0.802|
|8||29||Ivan PEKLIN||Volcano Motorsport||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||11||2:13.907||1.250|
|9||127||Ruben VOLT||ALM Motorsport||Honda Civic Type-R FL5 TCR||11||2:13.959||1.302|
|10||44||Felice JELMINI||PMA Motorsport||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||7||2:14.294||1.637|
|11||3||Giacomo GHERMANDI||LEMA Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||12||2:14.804||2.147|
|12||7||Daniel TKACHENKO||Volcano Motorsport||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||10||2:14.830||2.173|
|13||264||Levente LOSONCZY||Aggressive Team Italia||Hyundai Elantra N TCR||10||2:14.925||2.268|
|14||84||Giovanni SCAMARDI||Aggressive Team Italia||Hyundai Elantra N TCR||11||2:15.550||2.893|