Macau maestro Rob Huff sets the pace in second practice

Macau maestro Rob Huff sets the pace in second practice

Rob Huff
Photo: Clement Marin / DPPI

Nine-time Macau Guia race winner Rob Huff set the pace in second practice for the FIA World Touring Car Cup in Macau, leading a Brit 1-2 at the top of the times as Andy Priaulx was second, just over two tenths adrift.

Huff posted the quickest lap of 2 minutes 29.422 seconds at the mid-stage of the session, the SLR Volkswagen driver edging out a later challenge from Cyan Racing’s Priaulx in the leading Lynk & Co.

French duo Jean-Karl Vernay and Yann Ehrlacher were third and fourth respectively in their Audi and Lynk & Co respectively.

Only two other drivers were within a second of the pace, with Comtoyou Racing’s Frédéric Vervisch in fifth and Cyan Racing’s Thed Björk in sixth, the latter being the leading title contender after the Swede had earlier been just 12th in first practice.

BRC Racing’s Nicky Catsburg was the leading Hyundai driver in seventh, ahead of the best Honda of KCMG’s Tiago Monteiro in eighth.

Norbert Michelisz was ninth in his Hyundai, whilst the top ten was completed by Mikel Azcona’s PWR Racing CUPRA.

Yvan Muller, who had been second in the earlier session, was 11th quickest, 1.5 seconds off the pace in his Lynk & Co.

Points leader Esteban Guerrieri was just 22nd fastest in his Münnich Motorsport Honda, as he and team-mate Néstor Girolami (26th) struggled for pace on the Circuito da Guia.

BRC Racing managed to repair Gabriele Tarquini’s car after his crash in the first session, with the Italian posting just the 23rd fastest time, almost three seconds off the pace.

Qualifying for all three races takes place on Friday, with the first session getting underway at 08:50 local time.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 12 Rob HUFF SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 2:29.422 0.000
2 111 Andy PRIAULX Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 9 2:29.675 0.253
3 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 2:30.081 0.659
4 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 10 2:30.234 0.812
5 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 2:30.237 0.815
6 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 10 2:30.352 0.930
7 88 Nicky CATSBURG BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 2:30.440 1.018
8 18 Tiago MONTEIRO KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 10 2:30.444 1.022
9 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 2:30.856 1.434
10 96 Mikel AZCONA PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 11 2:30.930 1.508
11 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 9 2:30.979 1.557
12 21 Aurélien PANIS Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 9 2:31.082 1.660
13 14 Johan KRISTOFFERSSON SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 2:31.093 1.671
14 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 2:31.137 1.715
15 50 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 10 2:31.281 1.859
16 6 Luca ENGSTLER BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 2:31.286 1.864
17 25 Mehdi BENNANI SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 2:31.466 2.044
18 55 Ma QING HUA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 10 2:31.511 2.089
19 31 Kevin CECCON Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 9 2:31.551 2.129
20 9 Attila TASSI KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 9 2:31.682 2.260
21 2 Robert DAHLGREN PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 10 2:31.730 2.308
22 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 10 2:32.045 2.623
23 1 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 2:32.145 2.723
24 10 Niels LANGEVELD Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 2:32.155 2.733
25 33 Benjamin LEUCHTER SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 2:32.270 2.848
26 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 10 2:32.857 3.435
27 36 Billy LO Kai Fung Tian Shi Zuver Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 2:35.374 5.952
28 98 James TANG Chi Lun Team TRC Honda Civic Type R TCR 9 2:41.209 11.787
29 59 Kwai Wah WONG Son Veng Racing Team Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 7 2:41.976 12.554
30 99 Arthur LAW Tia Fan Team TRC Honda Civic Type R TCR 7 2:44.204 14.782
31 97 Terence TSE King Leung Team TRC Honda Civic Type R TCR 9 2:48.248 18.826
32 19 Jim KA TO KC Motorgroup Honda Civic Type R TCR 0 No time N/A