Balaton, FP2: Attila Bucsi (Hyundai i30N) – M1RA Motorsport keeps top spot

In the second free practice session of TCR European Endurance, it was once again Attila Bucsi (Hyundai i30N) – M1RA Motorsport who topped the standings. In his home event, the Hungarian improved the time he previously set in FP1 by seven tenths, posting a 1:43.634 and beating the previous TCR lap record around the Balaton Park Circuit, which was a 1:45.955. Bucsi, who will also partake in TCR Eastern Europe, was also second fastest in the overall standings, showcasing the high level of competitiveness that the series promoted by Mauricio Slaviero is bringing to the TCR scene.

The second fastest time was set by Aditis Racing’s Martin Kadlecik (Audi RS3), with a 1:44.694 being the quickest out of their ten laps completed during a session that saw no interruptions unlike FP1. Konukoglu/Brigliadori (Audi RS3) – TEXACO Team AMS dropped from second to third in the TCR European Endurance standings, rounding out the top three in the afternoon.

The fight for P4 was very tight. Zsille Motorsport’s Cupra Leon DSG driven by Barkovics and Takacs won that battle, finishing fourth with a 1:47.169 – 0.132s faster than the Audi RS3 Gen 1 of Pinar/Ozen. Sixth fastest time for Okyay/Kacan (Audi RS3 DSG) – TEXACO Team AMS with a 1:47.752.

TCR European Endurance’s opening race weekend around the Balaton Park Circuit, which brought in two Michelin-starred chefs for the series’ first ever outing, will see its first poleman declared after two 15-minute qualifying sessions starting at 15:50. The results will therefore create the starting grid of the first part of the series, with the 60-minute stage programmed for Saturday, April 27th at 12:15. The second hour of racing, which will determine the first podium in the history of TCR European Endurance, will then take place on Sunday, April 28th at 10:20. The two stages of the race will be streamed live on TCR TV’s YouTube channel.

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BALATON PARK

19th MAY

VALLELUNGA

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MISANO

25th AUGUST

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