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Yvan Muller tops second Salzburg practice

RML’s Yvan Muller continued his dominance at the Salzburgring to post the fastest time in the second World Touring Car Championship practice session to beat Rob Huff by 0.584 seconds.

Click here for the full second practice times.

Muller posted a time of 1:26.344 late in the session, although it was not quite as quick as the Frenchman’s efforts in first practice. The former champion was clearly pushing though, as he also suffered a spin at turn one which he was lucky to get away with.

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Huff continued to surprise by placing his SEAT second, whilst bamboo-engineering’s James Nash put in a strong performance to post the third fastest time.

Tom Chilton was fourth fastest, ahead of an improving Gabriele Tarquini who in fifth was the best-placed Honda driver.

Alex MacDowall was sixth fastest, ensuring not only four Chevrolets in the top six placings but also four Brits as well. Seventh-placed Pepe Oriola was the last driver within a second of Muller’s pace in his SEAT.

Norbert Michelisz, who had been top Honda in first practice, locked up into the turn one chicane and collected one of the temporary barriers. The incident caused Michelisz a puncture, and the Hungarian went on to finish the session in 12th.

Campos Racing’s Hugo Valente also suffered a puncture around the Salzburgring – a circuit which is notorious for being heavy on tyre wear.

Qualifying takes place at 15:00 CEST (14:00 BST).

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