Frédéric Vervisch goes fastest in second Wuhan practice

Frédéric Vervisch goes fastest in second Wuhan practice

Frédéric Vervisch
Photo: Marc de Mattia / DPPI

Comtoyou Racing’s Frédéric Vervisch set the pace in the second free practice session for the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) in Wuhan, lapping the street circuit 0.143 seconds faster than Campos Racing’s FP1 pace-setter Pepe Oriola.

Vervisch went to the top of the times with just four minutes to go, the Audi driver’s lap being well over a second faster than the best time from the morning’s earlier session.

Oriola was again at the sharp end of the times, putting his CUPRA in second with a late effort, ahead of the leading WRT Audi of Gordon Shedden in third, the Scot putting in a time just under three tenths from the pace.

Nathanaël Berthon had been quickest within the first ten minutes, and the Frenchman went even faster again towards the end of the half-hour session, leaving the Audi driver in fourth, ahead of Comtoyou Racing team-mate Aurélien Panis in fifth.

The only driver with Wuhan experience, Rob Huff, put his Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen in sixth, ahead of the second WRT Audi of Jean-Karl Vernay in seventh.

Kevin Ceccon was eighth in the leading Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo, giving the outfit a reason to be positive after Fabrizio Giovanardi had earlier damaged his car in FP1. Despite that, Giovanardi also took to the circuit in second practice, albeit as the slowest driver in the 25-car field.

Comtoyou Racing’s Denis Dupont and the second Volkswagen of Mehdi Bennani completed the top ten, with the former ensuring that all six Audis featured inside the top ten.

None of the Hyundai drivers featured in the top ten, with YMR’s Thed Björk the best of the i30 drivers in 11th.

Once again championship leader Gabriele Tarquini was outside the points, putting his BRC Racing Hyundai in just 21st on the timesheets, 1.861 seconds off the pace.

Qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 10:30 local time (03:30 BST, 04:30 CEST) on Saturday.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS 13 1:22.795 0.000
2 74 Pepe ORIOLA Team Oscaro by Campos Racing CUPRA TCR 15 1:22.938 0.143
3 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi RS3 LMS 14 1:23.064 0.269
4 23 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 17 1:23.104 0.309
5 21 Aurélien PANIS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 15 1:23.111 0.316
6 12 Rob HUFF Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 15 1:23.118 0.323
7 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi RS3 LMS 16 1:23.285 0.490
8 31 Kevin CECCON Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 17 1:23.307 0.512
9 20 Denis DUPONT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 15 1:23.467 0.672
10 25 Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:23.477 0.682
11 11 Thed BJÖRK YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 1:23.623 0.828
12 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 15 1:23.708 0.913
13 48 Yvan MULLER YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 1:23.733 0.938
14 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 18 1:23.766 0.971
15 55 MA Qing Hua Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 16 1:23.772 0.977
16 68 Yann EHRLACHER ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 13 1:23.859 1.064
17 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 15 1:24.063 1.268
18 70 Mat’o HOMOLA DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 16 1:24.105 1.310
19 42 Timo SCHEIDER ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 16 1:24.179 1.384
20 27 John FILIPPI Team Oscaro by Campos Racing CUPRA TCR 15 1:24.611 1.816
21 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 1:24.656 1.861
22 66 Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 11 1:24.798 2.003
23 9 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 16 1:24.814 2.019
24 8 Norbert NAGY Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 17 1:25.083 2.288
25 88 Fabrizio GIOVANARDI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 15 1:25.981 3.186