Practice 1 – Morbidelli and Oriola chase Thiim

Practice 1 – Morbidelli and Oriola chase Thiim

09 May 2015

 

Nicki Thiim and his Audi TT car continued setting the pace. After posting the fastest lap in yesterday’s testing, the young Dane set the best time of 1:53.929 in this morning’s first practice.
Gianni Morbidelli’s Honda Civic (1:54.534) and Pepe Oriola’s SEAT León (1:54.802) were classified second and third respectively. The rest of the field remained above the 1:55 mark.
In the early stages of the session, Oriola (1:55.828), Jordi Gené (1:55.269) and Michel Nykjær (1:55.260) improved the provisional fastest laps.
However, it was Thiim who made a significant amelioration with a lap of 1:54.118. Morbidelli managed to get close (1:54.534), but Thiim improved again to 1:54.066.
Towards the end of the session Oriola climbed back to third (1:54.802) and demoted his team-mate Gené to fourth (1:55.202), while Thiim improved once more for good to 1:53.929.
Currently championship leader Stefano Comini was eighth fastest (1:55.586) ahead Francisco Mora (1:55.636). Oscar Nogués’ Opel Astra completed a lap of 1:56.153 that was worth the 12thposition.
Second Audi driver Kelvin Van der Linde did not post a time because his car stopped on the track for a technical issue that he team is currently investigating.
TCR drivers will make their next appearance in the second Free Practice at 11.10 local time.

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