Nicky Catsburg tops the times in second Termas de Río Hondo practice

Nicky Catsburg tops the times in second Termas de Río Hondo practice

Nicky Catsburg
Photo: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Polestar’s Nicky Catsburg was the fastest driver in second practice for the World Touring Car Championship in Argentina, as the Dutchman beat Campos Racing’s Esteban Guerrieri to the top time.

Catsburg went to the top of the timesheets in the final five minutes of the session when he put new tyres on his Volvo, edging out Argentine local Guerrieri to take the top spot.

“It was very different to FP1 which was very foggy, difficult to see and cold, whereas this session was just warm and easier to see,” said Catsburg. “The car performed well – at the end we took some fresher tyres and went P1, which is where we want to be.

“I’m very happy and looking forward to qualifying where hopefully we can do it again. So far it feels good.

“We have the idea that we should be OK here. We’ve dropped 20 kg of weight since Vila Real, which wasn’t so bad, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be at the front here.

“But then again, this morning straight from the get-go the Hondas were very fast, so I think they will still be very strong and they probably didn’t take [fresh] tyres, so we’ll have to see in qualifying. I think it’s going to be between us and the Hondas again.”

Behind Guerrieri were Honda duo Tiago Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz, half a second and seventh tenths off the pace respectively.

Rob Huff was the leading Münnich Motorsport Citroën driver in fifth, ahead of the second Polestar Volvo of Néstor Girolami in sixth, who was the last driver within a second of the front.

Volvo’s Thed Björk was just 12th, completing the fewest laps of any driver due to an off-track excursion that saw his car’s radiator get filled with grass.

The session took place in much clearer conditions than the fog-interrupted first practice, although some localised patches did remain at the start of the session before the sun broke through.

Qualifying takes place at 15:00 local time (19:00 BST, 20:00 CEST).

Session results

163Nicky CATSBURGPolestar Cyan RacingVolvo S60 Polestar161:43.2070.000
286Esteban GUERRIERICampos RacingChevrolet RML Cruze TC1131:43.5760.369
318Tiago MONTEIROHonda Racing Team JASHonda Civic WTCC161:43.7060.499
45Norbert MICHELISZHonda Racing Team JASHonda Civic WTCC171:43.9000.693
512Rob HUFFALL-INKL.COM Münnich MotorsportCitroën C-Elysée WTCC161:44.0880.881
661Néstor GIROLAMIPolestar Cyan RacingVolvo S60 Polestar121:44.1800.973
725Mehdi BENNANISébastien Loeb RacingCitroën C-Elysée WTCC161:44.2301.023
83Tom CHILTONSébastien Loeb RacingCitroën C-Elysée WTCC151:44.4471.240
99Tom CORONELROAL MotorsportChevrolet RML Cruze TC1171:44.7421.535
1068Yann EHRLACHERRC MotorsportLADA Vesta WTCC181:44.7931.586
1134Ryo MICHIGAMIHonda Racing Team JASHonda Civic WTCC81:45.3082.101
1262Thed BJÖRKPolestar Cyan RacingVolvo S60 Polestar61:45.3502.143
1324Kevin GLEASONRC MotorsportLADA Vesta WTCC201:45.4602.253
1427John FILIPPISébastien Loeb RacingCitroën C-Elysée WTCC161:45.4802.273
1566Zsolt Dávid SZABÓZengő Motorsport KftHonda Civic WTCC171:46.3583.151
1699Dániel NAGYZengő Motorsport KftHonda Civic WTCC121:46.6143.407