WTCR Free Practice 2 flash: Urrutia pips Vernay as Aragon qualifying approaches
Santiago Urrutia topped the second free practice session just as he did in the first at WTCR Race of Aragón, as the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup field prepared for qualifying at MotorLand Aragón.
The Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR driver jumped to the top of the times following a red-flag interruption during the 30-minute session, with a lap of 2m13.540s. Jean-Karl Vernay, who had been quickest in his Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris, also improved, but ended up just 0.128s slower than the Uruguayan.
Home hero Mikel Azcona continued to show good pace in his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición to go third fastest, ahead of Nathanaël Berthon’s Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS and Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher. “It feels all right,” said the Cyan Racing Lynk & Co driver. “The conditions were tricky with the fog this morning, but I feel good for qualifying. The conditions will not change much and we will base ourselves on the work we did in practice.”
Ehrlacher’s uncle and team-mate Yvan Muller was sixth fastest. Gabriele Tarquini was next in his BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR, ahead of Thed Björk’s Cyan Performance Lynk & Co entry, and the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCRs of Néstor Girolami and Attila Tassi.
Girolami’s team-mate Esteban Guerrieri missed the session completely as the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport squad made adjustments to his car. “We decided to make a change to the brake system. It was better to do that now and miss the session, and have it ready for qualifying. I appreciate the effort from my guys to do it in record time. We lost some track time, but we’re sure it’s the right way.”
Norbert Michelisz was P11 in his Hyundai, ahead of Luca Engstler (Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team), Gilles Magnus (Comtoyou Racing) and Aurélien Comte in his Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR. Bence Boldizs was P15 in his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA.
The red flag stoppage was cause by Jose Manuel Sapag, who deranged his right-front wheel of his Target-run Hyundai against the tyre stack at the chicane with nine minutes left on the clock. The Argentinian tried to return to the pits, but was forced to abandon his car just after the final corner.
Qualifying at WTCR Race of Aragón takes place from 15h00 local time.