Rob Huff fastest in Slovakiaring testing

Rob Huff fastest in Slovakiaring testing

Rob Huff

LADA’s Rob Huff posted the fastest time in Friday testing for the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the Slovakiaring, ahead of Citroën’s Ma Qing Hua and Campos Racing’s Hugo Valente.

Huff was 0.433 seconds faster than Ma, who is running at 60 kg heavier than the LADA of Huff this weekend, with the Russian car continuing to be the lightest in the field.

Behind Valente in fourth was Honda’s Gabriele Tarquini, with the Italian being the only other driver to be within a second of Huff around the 5.922 km circuit.

Citroën’s Yvan Muller was fifth fastest, ahead of the second works’ Honda of Tiago Monteiro in sixth.

Independent Citroën driver Mehdi Bennani was seventh, beating his team boss Sébastien Loeb, who was just behind in eighth.

Completing the top ten were LADA’s Jaap van Lagen and championship leader José María López, who were both 1.455 seconds off the pace after posting identical lap times.

Two drivers are making their WTCC début’s at the Slovakian round of the WTCC, with Nika Racing’s Argentine Nestor Girolami the fastest of the rookies in 12th. Local driver Mato Homola, stepping in to the third Campos Racing Chevrolet, ended the session in 18th position, 4.776 seconds off the pace.

Session results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 12 Rob HUFF LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 12 2:04.967 0.000
2 33 MA Qing Hua Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 11 2:05.400 0.433
3 7 Y Hugo VALENTE Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 9 2:05.662 0.695
4 2 Gabriele TARQUINI Castrol Honda WTC Team Honda Civic WTCC 10 2:05.738 0.771
5 68 Yvan MULLER Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 10 2:06.172 1.205
6 18 Tiago MONTEIRO Castrol Honda WTC Team Honda Civic WTCC 10 2:06.247 1.280
7 25 Y Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 13 2:06.300 1.333
8 9 Sébastien LOEB Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 11 2:06.325 1.358
9 46 Jaap VAN LAGEN LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 10 2:06.422 1.455
10 37 José María LÓPEZ Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 7 2:06.422 1.455
11 5 Y Norbert MICHELISZ Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC 11 2:06.534 1.567
12 29 Néstor GIROLAMI Nika International Honda Civic WTCC 11 2:06.690 1.723
13 4 Y Tom CORONEL ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 10 2:06.838 1.871
14 3 Y Tom CHILTON ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 8 2:07.271 2.304
15 11 Y Grégoire DEMOUSTIER Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 11 2:07.911 2.944
16 10 Nick CATSBURG LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 10 2:08.361 3.394
17 26 Y Stefano D’ASTE ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 11 2:08.565 3.598
18 70 Mato HOMOLA Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 8 2:09.743 4.776
19 27 John FILIPPI Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 8 2:10.673 5.706

Complete session results.