Nordschleife, Tests : Muller leads López in first session
Muller got off to a good start
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.
|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|
|17||Fredrik Ekblom||Polestar Cyan||Volvo||13:30.382|
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