Porto, FP2: Huff further improves track record

The session was delayed five minutes to change a concrete kerb

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By Olivier Ferret

2 July 2011 - 14:10
Porto, FP2: Huff further improves (...)

The track record was improved once again in the second practice, as Rob Huff set the fastest lap of 2:05.719 and inflicted more than one second to the rest of the field, with Yvan Muller second (2:06.766), Gabriele Tarquini third (2:07.102) and Tom Coronel fourth (2:07.262).

Tiago Monteiro posted the fifth fastest lap (2:07.716) with Franz Engstler in sixth (2:07.833) and best of the Yokohama Trophy.

The session was delayed five minutes to change a concrete kerb of the pit chicane, broken by a car from a support race. Another consequence of the incident was a long trail of oil that made the track slippery.

Therefore the drivers were very cautious during their first laps out, but as they gained confidence, lap times began to improve and eventually they were even faster than those set in the morning’s practice.

Halfway through the session, Huff was the first to go under the 2:08 mark (2:07.507), but soon Tarquini improved to 2:07.102 and then Muller did even better, completing a lap in 2:06.766.

Positions seemed to be frozen for good after Norbert Michelisz brushed the wall at Turn 15 with the back of his BMW, causing a yellow flag. However, as soon as the green flag was waved again, Huff managed to set the new lap record.

Pos. Driver Car Time Gap
01 R. Huff Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:05.719
02 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:06.766 +1.047s
03 G. Tarquini Seat Leon 2.0 TDI 2:07.102 +1.383s
04 T. Coronel BMW 320 TC 2:07.262 +1.543s
05 T. Monteiro Seat Leon 2.0 TDI 2:07.716 +1.997s
06 F. Engstler BMW 320 TC 2:07.833 +2.114s
07 K. Poulsen BMW 320 TC 2:08.000 +2.281s
08 M. Nykjaer SR Leon 1.6T 2:08.236 +2.517s
09 N. Michelisz BMW 320 TC 2:08.524 +2.805s
10 D. O’Young Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:08.553 +2.834s
11 A. Menu Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:08.557 +2.838s
12 F. Barth SR Leon 1.6T 2:08.663 +2.944s
13 R. Dahlgren Volvo C30 2:08.691 +2.972s
14 J. Villa BMW 320 TC 2:08.969 +3.250s
15 P. Oriola SR Leon 1.6T 2:09.005 +3.286s
13 S. D’Aste BMW 320 TC 2:09.063 +3.344s
17 A. Dudukalo Seat Leon 2.0 TDI 2:09.368 +3.649s
18 Y. Taniguchi Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:12.169 +6.450s
19 M. Bennani BMW 320 TC 2:12.537 +6.818s

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