José María López fastest in Nordschleife testing

José María López fastest in Nordschleife testing

37 LOPEZ Jose Maria (arg) Citroen C Elysee team Citroen racing action during the 2015 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Nurburgring race presentation to the press at Nurburg, from April 27th to 28th 2015. Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI.

37 LOPEZ Jose Maria (arg) Citroen C Elysee  team Citroen racing action during the 2015 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Nurburgring race presentation to the press at Nurburg, from April 27th  to 28th 2015. Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI.Citroën’s José María López was less than a second faster than team-mate Sébastien Loeb in Thursday testing for the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

testing for the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

López posted his best time of 8 minutes 41.192 seconds on his first flying lap of the one hour session, to beat Loeb, who was a mere 0.788 seconds slower around the 170-turn circuit. It was a far from straightforward session for López, though, when he came to halt mid-way through the session, but managed to get going again tog continue.

Yvan Muller made it a Citroën 1-2-3 at the top of the times, with the Frenchman also close to the Argentine’s time, being 1.203 seconds behind.

The top non-Citroën driver was Campos Racing’s Hugo Valente, who put his Chevrolet Cruze an impressive fourth, just 2.685 seconds off the pace.

Gabriele Tarquini was the top Honda driver in fifth, ahead of team-mate Tiago Monteiro in sixth, with the duo both within five seconds of the pace.

The fourth works Citroën of Ma Qing Hua was sixth, ahead of Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Mehdi Bennani, LADA’s Jaap van Lagen and ROAL Motorsport’s Tom Chilton in tenth.

Nordschleife master Sabine Schmitz had a troubled session, as she could only post the 17th, and slowest, lap time. The experienced German racer came in 26.822 seconds off the pace.

There is no further track action on Thursday, with both free practice sessions and qualifying taking place on Friday, ahead of the two races on Saturday.

Session results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 37 José María LÓPEZ Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 1 8:41.192 0.000
2 9 Sébastien LOEB Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 3 8:41.980 0.788
3 68 Yvan MULLER Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 4 8:42.395 1.203
4 7 Y Hugo VALENTE Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 3 8:43.877 2.685
5 2 Gabriele TARQUINI Castrol Honda WTC Team Honda Civic WTCC 3 8:44.737 3.545
6 18 Tiago MONTEIRO Castrol Honda WTC Team Honda Civic WTCC 3 8:45.672 4.480
7 33 MA Qing Hua Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 2 8:46.002 4.810
8 25 Y Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 3 8:46.307 5.115
9 46 Jaap VAN LAGEN LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 4 8:46.477 5.285
10 3 Y Tom CHILTON ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 4 8:46.873 5.681
11 26 Y Stefano D’ASTE ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 4 8:48.627 7.435
12 5 Y Norbert MICHELISZ Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC 4 8:49.392 8.200
13 12 Rob HUFF LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 3 8:49.847 8.655
14 4 Y Tom CORONEL ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 3 8:52.405 11.213
15 11 Y Grégoire DEMOUSTIER Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 3 9:02.617 21.425
16 27 Y John FILIPPI Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 2 9:05.440 24.248
17 8 Y Sabine SCHMITZ ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 1 9:08.014 26.822
18 0:00.000 0.000

Complete session results.