José María López put Citroën back to the top of the timesheets in second practice for the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the Nürburgring, ahead of Campos Racing’s Hugo Valente in a dry and sunny session.
López rose to the top of the times around ten minutes into the hour-long session, posting first a time of 8:42.685. The reigning champion then went even quicker 20 minutes later, rising ahead of team-mates Yvan Muller and Ma Qing Hua, who had briefly enjoyed time at the top.
With around 15 minutes to go, Frenchman Valente then put in an impressive lap to go second, just 0.895 seconds behind the Citroën of López.
Sébastien Loeb also improved his time in the last 15 minutes of the session to go third, relegating Muller and Ma to fourth and fifth fastest respectively.
The top Honda driver was Gabriele Tarquini in sixth and the Italian was the last driver to be within three seconds of the overall pace.
LADA duo Rob Huff and Jaap Van Lagen were next up in seventh and eighth, both drivers clocking times within four seconds of the pace.
Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Mehdi Bennani was ninth fastest, with the Moroccan experiencing a more trouble-free session than in first practice, where he slid into the barriers on his out-lap. Completing the top ten was Zengő Motorsport’s Norbert Michelisz.
The top 14 drivers were covered by less than ten seconds, with Tom Chilton in 11th, Tiago Monteiro 12th after a late improvement, Stefano D’Aste 13th and John Filippi in 14th.
Problems early on for Sabine Schmitz limited the Nordschleife specialists’ running. She sustained damage to the front-left wheel of her car but was able to limp back to the pits. With repairs made, she rejoined the session but could only post the 16th best time, 15.873 seconds off the pace.
Qualifying takes place at 18:20 CEST (17:20 BST).
|1||37||José María LÓPEZ||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||3||8:39.441||0.000|
|2||7||Y||Hugo VALENTE||Campos Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||4||8:40.336||0.895|
|3||9||Sébastien LOEB||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||4||8:40.688||1.247|
|4||68||Yvan MULLER||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||4||8:40.923||1.482|
|5||33||MA Qing Hua||Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||3||8:42.192||2.751|
|6||2||Gabriele TARQUINI||Castrol Honda WTC Team||Honda Civic WTCC||4||8:42.273||2.832|
|7||12||Rob HUFF||LADA Sport Rosneft||LADA Vesta WTCC||3||8:42.840||3.399|
|8||46||Jaap VAN LAGEN||LADA Sport Rosneft||LADA Vesta WTCC||4||8:43.107||3.666|
|9||25||Y||Mehdi BENNANI||Sébastien Loeb Racing||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||4||8:44.408||4.967|
|10||5||Y||Norbert MICHELISZ||Zengő Motorsport||Honda Civic WTCC||4||8:45.213||5.772|
|11||3||Y||Tom CHILTON||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||4||8:45.322||5.881|
|12||18||Tiago MONTEIRO||Castrol Honda WTC Team||Honda Civic WTCC||3||8:46.620||7.179|
|13||26||Y||Stefano D’ASTE||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||3||8:47.146||7.705|
|14||27||Y||John FILIPPI||Campos Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||4||8:47.868||8.427|
|15||11||Y||Grégoire DEMOUSTIER||Craft-Bamboo Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||3||8:55.231||15.790|
|16||8||Y||Sabine SCHMITZ||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||4||8:55.314||15.873|
|17||4||Y||Tom CORONEL||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||2||8:58.284||18.843|