Paul Ricard, Tests: Hopes high for Honda following Tarquini WTCC test best

Loeb was the top French runner in sixth

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By Olivier Ferret

26 June 2015 - 13:17
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Honda has hit back from a frustrating trip to Slovakia with Gabriele Tarquini going fastest of all in testing for JVC KENWOOD WTCC Race of France.

The winner of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2009, Italian Tarquini lapped the 3.841-kilometre Circuit Paul Ricard in a test-topping 1m30.227s.

Ma Qing Hua, from China, was second fastest for Citroën, 0.112s slower than Tarquini. Tiago Monteiro set the third best time in his Honda with José-María López (Citroën) fourth and LADA driver Rob Huff fifth.

Sébastien Loeb was the top French runner in sixth followed by Nicky Catsburg and Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy trio Norbert Michelisz, Mehdi Bennani and Hugo Valente. Click here to view the full testing classification.

Pos. Driver Team Car Time
1 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1:30.227
2 Ma Qing Hua Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:30.339
3 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1:30.425
4 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:30.607
5 Robert Huff LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1:31.033
6 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:31.146
7 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1:31.160
8 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda 1:31.257
9 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1:31.269
10 Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet 1:31.470
11 Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1:31.476
12 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:31.484
13 Rickard Rydell Nika International Honda 1:31.616
14 Grégoire Demoustier Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet 1:31.877
15 Jaap Van Lagen LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1:31.934
16 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1:32.389
17 Stefano D’Aste Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1:32.531
18 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1:32.532

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