José María López fastest again in second practice

José María López fastest again in second practice

Lopez was again fastest

José María López

José María López was fastest in the second World Touring Car Championship practice session in Hungary, heading the Hondas of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro for a second consecutive session.

With second practice once again held in wet conditions, Argentinian López set his fastest time – a 2:11.506s – towards the end of the half-hour session, having earlier swapped fastest times with Tarquini.

The Italian ended the session 0.508s shy of López’s time, and with Monteiro a further six-tenths back in third the session was a productive one for the Honda team, with changes to their Civics seemingly yielding improvements.

A late lap from four-time champion Yvan Muller – which was 1.741s slower than López in the sister Citroen C-Elysee – moved Norbert Michelisz back to fifth, the Hungarian nevertheless enjoying another useful session in the third Honda Civic.

Rob Huff headed the third and fourth Citroen’s of Ma Qing Hua and Sebstien Loeb – who was able to take part in the session after repairs were made to his car following a crash at the start of first practice – for sixth, while Tom Coronel was ninth with Stefano D’Aste completing the top ten.

After Loeb’s crash in first practice and a number of drivers struggling at Turn 5, the second session was a much simpler affair with a trip through the gravel for Mehdi Bennani in the opening minutes and a spin for Huff the only incidents of note, despite a continuation of the treacherous conditions that were experienced in the opening session.

Qualifying starts at 13:30 BST.

Session results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 37 José María LÓPEZ Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 11 2:11.506 0.000
2 2 Gabriele TARQUINI Castrol Honda WTC Team Honda Civic WTCC 12 2:12.014 0.508
3 18 Tiago MONTEIRO Castrol Honda WTC Team Honda Civic WTCC 12 2:12.612 1.106
4 68 Yvan MULLER Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 12 2:13.247 1.741
5 5 Y Norbert MICHELISZ Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC 12 2:13.274 1.768
6 12 Rob HUFF LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 11 2:13.310 1.804
7 33 MA Qing Hua Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 11 2:13.400 1.894
8 9 Sébastien LOEB Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 12 2:13.412 1.906
9 4 Y Tom CORONEL ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 11 2:13.933 2.427
10 26 Y Stefano D’ASTE ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 12 2:14.233 2.727
11 3 Y Tom CHILTON ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 11 2:14.435 2.929
12 25 Y Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 11 2:14.851 3.345
13 15 James THOMPSON LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 9 2:15.587 4.081
14 11 Y Grégoire DEMOUSTIER Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 11 2:15.798 4.292
15 27 Y John FILIPPI Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 11 2:16.292 4.786
16 14 Mikhail KOZLOVSKIY LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 12 2:16.630 5.124
17 7 Y Hugo VALENTE Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 7 2:17.135 5.629

Complete session results.