23 Aug Manuel Sapag opens the second half of the TCR South America season leading in El Pinar
Manuel Sapag opens the second half of the TCR South America season leading in El Pinar
Canelones (Uruguay), August 5, 2022 – The second half of the 2022 TCR South America season kicked off at the Victor Borrat Fabini circuit with a shakedown and the first free practice. Manuel Sapag closed the day with the best time aboard the Lynk & Co #33. The Argentinian was the only one to go under 1:10 on the 2,660 meter track that hosts the Car One Grand Prix this weekend.
The Brazilian Raphael Reis led the shakedown and was the second fastest in the first free practice with the #77 CUPRA, while the Uruguayan Juan Manuel Casella was third in both activities with the #60 Peugeot 308 TCR.
In addition to the three nationalities represented in the top three of the two sessions, these positions demonstrate the parity of the date with four automakers occupying the top four.
Tomorrow will be time for the second free practice and qualifying. In turn, the two races will be on Sunday, one in the morning and the other at noon.
The Car One Grand Prix marks the second round of the TCR South America on Uruguayan tracks, following Rivera three weeks ago. A weekend that was marked by the accident at the start of the second race that left three cars out of this appointment.
“I’m happy. It’s good to start the weekend first. The track is a bit dirty and it’s cold, so we had to change the set-up a bit for the conditions. We were good and I took advantage of the tires that had good temperature. I think that tomorrow the rest can get closer, but I still have a bit to improve”.
“In this stage, more than in the others, we are looking for an important balance between performance and tire wear, so today we were able to assess that in a good way. The car is balanced, I don’t think I did the ideal lap, but we were still looking for a good set-up for the race. Tomorrow is qualifying and we are going to think differently about finding maximum grip and speed.
“It was a day of evolution. I already knew the track, but not in this car. I looked for the limit in the first practice to discover the best approach for each corner. We have been planning for a few days and, of course, Manu Sapag is very fast, but I am sure that tomorrow we will work and improve the time. I didn’t get the most out of the new tire today and it’s possible to get another half a second. There is still a little ahead, but by working we will be able to run as equals”
Juan Manuel Casella
TCR SOUTH AMERICA – CAR ONE GRAND PRIX – EL PINAR – FECHA 5
Saturday August 6, 2022
09:00 – 09:30 – FP2
12:50 – 13:10 – Q1
13:30 – 13:30 – Q2
Sunday August 7, 2022
09:40 – Race 1 (21 laps o 30 minutes)
11:40 – Race 2 (25 laps o 35 minutes)