Nathanaël Berthon ups the pace in second practice at the Hungaroring

Comtoyou Racing’s Nathanaël Berthon put audi on top of the timesheets in second practice for the FIA World Touring Car Cup at the Hungaroring, edging out Hyundai’s Norbert Michelisz.

Berthon lapped the circuit in 1 minute 52.805 seconds to go over a tenth of a second faster than the morning pace-setter, Néstor Girolami, had gone earlier in the day.

The Frenchman was 0.131 seconds faster than home hero Michelisz, who had made a number of changes to his car after reporting that it had not felt ideal in the earlier session.

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Rob Huff was a much-improved third fastest in the leading CUPRA, the Brit having been on top of the times for much of the mid-part of the session, ending up just 0.148 seconds adrift.

Frédéric Vervisch ensured that Audi performed well with the fourth fastest time, ahead of the second Zengő Motorsport CUPRA of Mikel Azcona in fifth.

Gilles Magnus was sixth in his Comtoyou Racing Audi, whilst the top Lynk & Co driver was Yvan Muller in seventh, the four-time world champion being three tenths off the pace.

Girolami was again the best of the Hondas in eighth, directly ahead of Münnich Motorsport team-mate Esteban Guerrieri in ninth, whilst the top ten was completed by Santiago Urrutia, who had earlier been second quickest in first practice.

Championship leader Jean-Karl Vernay was notably off the pace in his Hyundai, the Frenchman, who is combining driving duties with PURE ETCR this weekend, being just 16th fastest and over a second off Berthon.

Qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 14:30 BST (15:30 CEST).

Session results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 1:52.805
2 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 12 1:52.936 0.131
3 79 Rob HUFF Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 10 1:52.953 0.148
4 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 1:52.996 0.191
5 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 13 1:53.012 0.207
6 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 1:53.033 0.228
7 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 11 1:53.137 0.332
8 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 11 1:53.189 0.384
9 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 1:53.236 0.431
10 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 12 1:53.356 0.551
11 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 11 1:53.493 0.688
12 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai Elantra N TCR 13 1:53.675 0.870
13 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 12 1:53.761 0.956
14 3 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 13 1:53.853 1.048
15 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 12 1:53.958 1.153
16 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai Elantra N TCR 13 1:53.973 1.168
17 28 Jordi GENÉ Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 13 1:54.067 1.262
18 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 12 1:54.143 1.338
19 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 13 1:54.387 1.582
20 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:54.454 1.649
21 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 1:54.480 1.675
22 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 13 1:54.799 1.994
23 82 Nicola BALDAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 12 1:55.066 2.261
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