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Engstler chases the usual suspects in third test
27
October
2017

Engstler chases the usual suspects in third test

After being the second fastest in the first two test sessions, Gabriele Tarquini clocked the best lap time in the third one. His 1:19.955 was good enough to beat Josh Files’ 1:20.478 by half-a-second, although Files’ time from the second test (1:19.913) remained the best overall for today.
Luca Engstler regained the third position (as in the first test) with a lap of 1:20.550, while Luigi Ferrara moved up to fourth in his Alfa Romeo (1:20.849) and Florian Thoma was fifth (1:20.952).
The rest of the field remained above the 1:21 mark: Francisco Abreu sixth (1:21.121), Maxime Potty seventh (1:21.385), Plamen Kralev eighth (1:21.531), Giacomo Altoè ninth (1:21.637) and Olli Kangas (1:22.123) in the LMS Racing SEAT.
Aurélien Comte’s Peugeot did not take part in the test due to an engine issue.

Engstler: “The test today was very good for us. We had good speed in the qualifying simulation, but against the Honda it’s a bit tough because they’ve been a bit faster. We’re looking at the data, Florian [Thoma] did exactly the same time as me and we will push like hell tomorrow. Our goal is to place ourselves on the front row, but we’ll see.”
Ferrara: “We are still working on the set-up, but the car has already improved a bit compared to the previous session. It is clear that this is not the best track for the Giulietta, but we will try some different solutions tomorrow morning.”

Action will resume today with the first of two 30-minute Free Practices at 10:00 (live timing and streaming at www.europe.tcr-series.com and www.tcr-series.com


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