M1RA’s Dániel Nagy, one of the local heroes, was the fastest in TCR Europe’s first Free Practice at the Hungaroring, a session that was shortened by one third because of a red flag.
Josh Files had topped the time sheet before the suspension, posting two consecutive provisional fastest laps of 1:55.289 and 1:55.199 at the wheel of his Honda Civic.
The Briton was followed by three Hyundai i30 N cars, Dušan Borković’s (1:54.301), Reece Barr’s (1:54.493) and Nagy’s (1:54.533). Barr was on his way to improve further and set a fastest time in the first sector, but then crashed at turn 5, which prompted the red flag and a ten-minute suspension.
When action resumed less than eight minutes were left, a few drivers were able to improve, but only Nagy succeeded in changing the top positions, setting a new fastest lap of 1:54.028. Files, Borković and Barr maintained the positions between second and fourth, while Jean-Karl Vernay (1:54.493) moved up to fifth ahead of Attila Tassi (1:54.896), Francisco Mora (1:54.926) and Maxime Potty (1:54.992).
The other drivers remained above the 1:54 mark with Kris Richard and Stefano Comini rounding off the top ten.
Current championship leader Mikel Azcona ranked 12th on his first appearance at the Hungaroring.
The second free practice session is scheduled at 16:00.