The track was completely dry for the second practice and TCR Europe competitors managed to be considerably faster than in the previous session.
Seven drivers took turns on top of the timesheet as lap times were improved and eventually Nicolas Baert emerged as the fastest with a lap of 1:38.129 set towards the end of the session that was more than seven tenths faster than Mikel Azcona’s best lap in FP1.
Baert’s effort demoted Teddy Clairet to second by one tenth, while Julien Briché moved into P3 ahead of Mat’o Homola and Jimmy Clairet, with only two tenths covering the top five.
The whole session was very close, and in the end the first 17 drivers were all covered by one second, with Jessica Bäckman, John Filippi, José Manuel Sapag, Mehdi Bennani and Sami Taoufik rounding off the top-ten.
After setting the fastest lap in FP1, Azcona only ranked 11th ahead of Pepe Oriola who was the fastest of the Honda drivers. As for the title contenders, Baert is the best placed, with Bennani ninth, while Daniel Lloyd and Mike Halder continued to struggle with the pace of their cars and posted the 18th and 19th fastest laps.
“I have never driven here at Jarama before - the first Free Practice was my first time. We saw this morning that we can be fast, but we had both our fastest laps cancelled because of the red flags. We did P10 this morning and now P1, so it’s good; it sounds a bit like Zolder, so I hope the result will be the same. We are only 41 points away from the lead in the Championship and so everything is still possible because you get 40 points if you win a race. We are still close, and we are still in contention. If you ask me what kind of weather I would like tomorrow, I would say dry because I have never driven here in the wet,” said Baert.
Qualifying will follow at 15:00 local time (CET).
1:38.129 – Nicolas Baert (Comtoyou Racing, Audi RS 3 LMS)
1:38.230 – Teddy Clairet (Team Clairet Sport, Peugeot 308)
1:38.295 – Julien Briché (JSB Compétition, Peugeot 308)
1:38.374 – Mat’o Homola (BRC Racing Team, Hyundai i30 N)
1:38.376 – Jimmy Clairet (Team Clairet Sport, Peugeot 308)