The second session was disrupted twice by the red flag. Once at the very beginning when Davit Kajaia lost the back of his CUPRA and crashed at T4. Then again as soon as action resumed when the Hyundai of Andreas Bäckman hit heavily the barrier at T3; the Swedish driver was examined at the medical centre for a bruised hand.
This needed sometimes to repair the Armco and left only eight minutes of actual practice.
Jessica Bäckman posted the fastest lap of 1:54.158, beating Aurélien Comte’s provisional best time of 1:54.253; Dušan Borković was third fastest (1:54.266) after the Target Competition crew fixed the fuel pump issue his car had suffered in the morning session.
“I didn’t know that that lap would be my best time, but I’m very happy with it because it was very hard with a lot of traffic, so I didn’t think it was that good. It’s looking good for Qualifying now and I’m really looking forward to it. I really like this car, as it’s very nice to drive; I went testing a lot in the car before the season, because when you do something like a European championship you want to be prepared. I’m glad that the hard work is paying off and I’m very happy that I’m fastest,” Jessica said.
Maxime Potty’s Golf GTI ranked fourth ahead of a trio of Hyundai cars: Josh Files’, Mat’o Homola’s and Nelson Panciatici’s. The Audi of Gilles Magnus and the Peugeot cars of Teddy Clairet and Julien Briché rounded off the top ten. John Filippi’s Renault Mégane advanced to the 12th position, less than nine tenths from the fastest lap.
The TCR Eastern Europe was topped by the CUPRA of Milovan Vesnić in 24th position overall.
Qualifying will follow at 16:00.
1. 1:54.158 – Jessica Bäckman (Target Competition, Hyundai i30 N)
2. 1:54.253 – Aurélien Comte (DG Sport Compétition, Peugeot 308)
3. 1:54.266 – Dušan Borković (Target Competition, Hyundai i30 N)
4. 1:54.427 – Maxime Potty (Team WRT, Volkswagen Golf GTI)
5. 1:54.459 – Josh Files (Target Competition, Hyundai i30 N)