WTCR Free Practice 2 flash: 0.9s covers top 16 as Bjork goes fastest in Portugal

2021-06-26T14:52:25+02:00June 26th, 2021|2021, WTCR Race of Portugal 2021|

Thed Björk put his electrical troubles behind him to top the second free practice at WTCR Race of Portugal as the top 16 were covered by less than a second at Circuito do Estoril.

Cyan Performance Lynk & Co driver Björk led a Lynk & Co 03 TCR 1-2-3 in the 30-minute session, with a best time of 1m45.302s to head Yvan Muller and first free practice pacesetter Santiago Urrutia. Björk’s performance followed a difficult first session during which he was forced to stop out on the circuit because of his electrical problem.

“FP2 obviously felt good because I was P1 and my team-mates were two and three,” said the 2017 FIA World Touring Car champion. “I had a lot of issues in FP1 so I couldn’t do almost any laps at all so then it feels good to bounce back. But it’s not qualifying and we saw during FP2 that a lot of other cars were dropping off and they were faster than us in sectors. Let’s see for the qualifying, FP2 is not the whole story.”

The ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCRs of Esteban Guerrieri and Néstor Girolami were fourth and fifth fastest, ahead of Gabriele Tarquini’s BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR.

King of WTCR Yan Ehrlacher was seventh quickest in his Goodyear-equipped Lynk & Co, with Mikel Azcona showing good pace for Zengő Motorsport by managing the eighth-best time in his CUPRA Leon Competición, just ahead of BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse’s Norbert Michelisz. Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Jean-Karl Vernay completed the top 10 in his Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team entry.

Attila Tassi was P11 in his Honda, ahead of team-mate and local hero Tiago Monteiro, then Frédéric Vervisch, Gilles Magnus and Nathanaël Berthon in their trio of Audi RS 3 LMS entries.

Andreas Bäckman was P16 in his Target Competition Hyundai ahead of his sister Jessica, who was down in P21. FIA WTCR Junior Driver Title frontrunner Luca Engstler had a difficult session in his Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team entry because of a fuel pressure issue and was P22.

Qualifying for WTCR Race of Portugal is due to begin at 15h00 local time.