Johan Kristoffersson puts Volkswagen on top in second practice

Johan Kristoffersson puts Volkswagen on top in second practice

Johan Kristoffersson
Photo: Florent Gooden / DPPI

Johan Kristoffersson moved Volkswagen to the top of the times in second practice for the FIA World Touring Car Cup on the streets of Vila Real, more than three tenths of a second ahead of the Hyundai of Norbert Michelisz.

Kristoffersson put in his quickest lap in the closing minute of the session, with the former World Rallycross racer clocking a lap of 2 minutes 0.110 seconds, comfortably clear of the next fastest car.

Michelisz likewise went quick late on, pipping Ehrlacher by less than a tenth of a second, the Frenchman having been fastest with his lap with ten minutes to go in the session until the duo ahead usurped him.

Cyan Racing’s Thed Björk was next up behind his team-mate in fourth, as only two of the four Lynk & Co drivers broke into the top ten.

Last year’s race one pole-sitter Rob Huff was fifth fastest, ahead of the best CUPRA of Comtoyou Racing’s Aurélien Panis in sixth.

Mehdi Bennani made it three SLR Golfs inside the top ten in seventh, ahead of the best Honda of championship leader Esteban Guerrieri in eighth.

BRC Racing’s Nicky Catsburg and Team Mulsanne’s Ma Qing Hua completed the top ten. The latter will have a ten-place grid penalty applied for race one after he picked up a third driving infraction.

It was once again a trying session for the Audi drivers, as Jean-Karl Vernay again was the best RS3 driver in 13th, almost a second off the pace.

Yvan Muller had to return to the pits half-way through the running when he hit a kerb and broke his front-right wheel, leaving the Lynk & Co driver down in 23rd.

The session was red-flagged after just ten minutes when PWR racing’s Mikel Azcona made contact with fellow CUPRA racer Tom Coronel at Turn 11.

The contact broke Coronel’s right-rear suspension, and when the rubbing tyre caught fire, he had to stop on the circuit to allow the marshals to extinguish the flames.

Qualifying for race one is scheduled to get underway at 11:00 GMT / BST (12:00 CEST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 14 Johan KRISTOFFERSSON SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 2:00.110 0.000
2 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 2:00.467 0.357
3 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 11 2:00.552 0.442
4 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 12 2:00.602 0.492
5 12 Rob HUFF SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 2:00.634 0.524
6 21 Aurélien PANIS Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 11 2:00.656 0.546
7 25 Mehdi BENNANI SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 2:00.787 0.677
8 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 13 2:00.810 0.700
9 88 Nicky CATSBURG BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 2:00.882 0.772
10 55 Ma QING HUA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 12 2:00.954 0.844
11 31 Kevin CECCON Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 12 2:00.989 0.879
12 8 Augusto FARFUS BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 2:01.019 0.909
13 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 2:01.053 0.943
14 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 8 2:01.428 1.318
15 18 Tiago MONTEIRO KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 12 2:01.492 1.382
16 9 Attila TASSI KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 11 2:01.499 1.389
17 96 Mikel AZCONA PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 14 2:01.601 1.491
18 1 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 2:01.636 1.526
19 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 2:01.717 1.607
20 111 Andy PRIAULX Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 2:02.103 1.993
21 33 Benjamin LEUCHTER SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 2:02.303 2.193
22 10 Niels LANGEVELD Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 2:02.326 2.216
23 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 7 2:02.862 2.752
24 37 Daniel HAGLÖF PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 13 2:03.740 3.630
25 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 2:04.176 4.066
26 50 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 3 2:04.386 4.276