Nordschleife, Tests : Muller leads López in first session

Muller got off to a good start

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By Olivier Ferret

26 May 2016 - 13:57
Nordschleife, Tests : Muller leads (...)

Yvan Muller got off to a good start at the FIA WTCC Race of Germany at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, leading Testing ahead of Citroën team-mate José María López.

Having led the way earlier on in the one-hour session, Muller returned to top spot just after the chequered flag with a time of 8m39.950s. López then moved up to second place, 0.877s slower than the Frenchman.

Rob Huff had sat top of the pile for Honda during the final five minutes of the allotted time. He ended up third ahead of team-mate Tiago Monteiro, with the fastest WTCC Trophy competitor Tom Chilton beating the final factory Honda driver Norbert Michelisz to fifth.

Hugo Valente was the quickest of the LADA racers in seventh, followed by Mehdi Bennani, Thed Björk and Nicky Catsburg. Gabriele Tarquini sat just outside the top 10 in 11th, one place ahead of Nürburgring expert Sabine Schmitz. Tom Coronel was 13th after sustaining a flat tyre on his second flying lap.

Pos. Driver Team Car Time
1 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 8:39.950
2 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 8:40.827
3 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 8:42.220
4 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 8:44.512
5 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 8:45.380
6 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 8:46.095
7 Hugo Valente LADA Sport Lada 8:46.947
8 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 8:47.471
9 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Volvo 8:48.901
10 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Lada 8:49.923
11 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Lada 8:51.260
12 Sabine Schmitz Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 8:55.508
13 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 8:55.547
14 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 8:59.742
15 Grégoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 9:03.509
16 Ferenc Ficza Zengo Honda 9:31.200
17 Fredrik Ekblom Polestar Cyan Volvo 13:30.382

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