Johan Kristoffersson heads Volkswagen 1-2 in second practice

Johan Kristoffersson heads Volkswagen 1-2 in second practice

Johan Kristoffersson
Photo: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Johan Kristoffersson lead a Volkswagen 1-2 in second practice for the FIA World Touring Car Cup at Suzuka in Japan, as rain and red flags continued to interrupt the running.

Kristoffersson was one of just three drivers to post a lap time of less than a minute around the short Suzuka East course, edging out SLR team-mate Rob Huff by just 0.134 seconds.

Lynk & Co’s Thed Björk was third quickest, just 0.030 seconds further back, as times improved slightly from those in the first practice session, which was also hit by heavy rain.

The weather caused two red-flag stoppages. Ma Qing Hua went off on an out lap with just ten minutes remaining, with the Chinese driver explaining that the conditions were very difficult: “I just exited the pitlane and immediately the wheel was gone,” said Ma. “The track conditions are very demanding. There is a lot of water.”

When the session resumed, it was Vervisch, second fastest in the first session, who went off at Turn 2 and brought another halt to proceedings. Vervisch was lucky to avoid contact with Kristoffersson, who had moments earlier also gone off the track.

The Swede then went on to post the quickest lap inside the final few minutes, as conditions improved slightly to allow quicker times to come in.

Vervisch ended the session in fourth in his Comtoyou Racing Audi, ahead of the leading Honda of Münnich Motorsport’s Esteban Guerrieri in fifth.

Tiago Monteiro was sixth in his KCMG Honda, ahead of first practice pace-setter Niels Langeveld in seventh.

Ritomo Miyata was once again the best of the wildcard entries in eighth in his Team Hitotsuyama Audi, whilst the top ten was completed by PWR Racing’s Mikel Azcona and Lynk & Co Cyan Racing’s Andy Priaulx.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 14 Johan KRISTOFFERSSON SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 22 59.814 0.000
2 12 Rob HUFF SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 23 59.948 0.134
3 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 20 59.978 0.164
4 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 1:00.033 0.219
5 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 17 1:00.046 0.232
6 18 Tiago MONTEIRO KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 22 1:00.049 0.235
7 10 Niels LANGEVELD Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 23 1:00.053 0.239
8 77 Ritomo MIYATA Audi Team Hitotsuyama Audi RS3 LMS TCR 21 1:00.112 0.298
9 96 Mikel AZCONA PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 26 1:00.121 0.307
10 111 Andy PRIAULX Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 22 1:00.175 0.361
11 7 Ryuichiro TOMITA Audi Team Hitotsuyama Audi RS3 LMS TCR 19 1:00.177 0.363
12 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 1:00.196 0.382
13 1 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 22 1:00.256 0.442
14 9 Attila TASSI KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 23 1:00.257 0.443
15 8 Augusto FARFUS BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 23 1:00.290 0.476
16 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 23 1:00.292 0.478
17 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 18 1:00.329 0.515
18 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 24 1:00.357 0.543
19 88 Nicky CATSBURG BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 21 1:00.379 0.565
20 50 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 17 1:00.402 0.588
21 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 22 1:00.404 0.590
22 31 Kevin CECCON Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 24 1:00.435 0.621
23 37 Daniel HAGLÖF PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 19 1:00.454 0.640
24 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 19 1:00.587 0.773
25 55 Ma QING HUA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 11 1:00.637 0.823
26 33 Benjamin LEUCHTER SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 21 1:00.707 0.893
27 25 Mehdi BENNANI SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 23 1:01.019 1.205
28 19 Jim KA TO KC Motorgroup Honda Civic Type R TCR 12 1:01.473 1.659
29 21 Aurélien PANIS Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 0 No time N/A