Castellet, Tests: Michelisz chases the Citroën cars

López and Loeb set the best lap times

By Franck Drui

18 April 2014 - 15:04
Castellet, Tests: Michelisz chases (...)

Jose María López and Sébastien Loeb set the best lap times in today’s test session at Le Castellet’s Circuit Paul Ricard.

However, unlike what happened one week ago at Marrakech, there was not a trio of Citroën cars on top of the time sheet, because Yvan Muller was only placed in fifth behind Norbert Michelisz’ s Honda and Hugo Valente’s Chevrolet.

López was the first one to post a provisional fastest lap of 1:32.158, that Loeb improved to 1:31.365; eventually López jump on top again with his last lap of 1:31.227.

Most of the other drivers improved they times in the second half of the session, Michelisz climbed to a provisional second place (1:32.135), followed by Valente in third (1:32.158) until López dropped them by one place.

Gianni Morbidelli posted the sixth fastest lap, with Tiago Monteiro, Tom Chilton, Dušan Borković and Gabriele Tarquini rounding off the top ten.

The three LADA cars of Rob Huff, James Thompson and Mikhail Kozlovskiy closed the group of the TC1 cars, while Franz Engstler topped the TC2T class.

Pos. Driver Car Time
1 José Maria LOPEZ Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 1:31.227
2 Sébastien LOEB Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 1:31.365
3 Norbert MICHELISZ Honda Civic WTCC 1:32.135
4 Hugo VALENTE Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 1:32.158
5 Yvan MULLER Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 1:32.383
6 Gianni MORBIDELLI Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 1:32.704
7 Tiago MONTEIRO Honda Civic WTCC 1:32.725
8 Tom CHILTON Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 1:32.954
9 Dusan BORKOVIC Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 1:32.957
10 Gabriele TARQUINI Honda Civic WTCC 1:33.030
11 Mehdi BENNANI Honda Civic WTCC 1:33.051
12 René MUNNICH Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 1:33.762
13 Rob HUFF LADA Granta 1.6T 1:34.040
14 James THOMPSON LADA Granta 1.6T 1:34.444
15 Mikhail KOZLOVSKIY LADA Granta 1.6T 1:35.395
16 Franz ENGSTLER BMW E90 320 TC 1:36.895
17 Pasquale DI SABATINO BMW E90 320 TC 1:38.212
18 John FILIPPI SEAT Leon WTCC 1:39.420



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