Salzburgring, FP2: Valente crashes at high speed
The fastest lap was set by Sébastien Loeb
Hugo Valente’s Chevrolet RML car suffered from a high speed crash at Turn 9 in the early stages of the session. The young French driver escaped the incident unscathed.
Valente lost control of his car while he was following Loeb’s Citroën, the Chevrolet swerved to the left and crashed heavily into the barriers head-on, bounced back to the track where it was narrowly avoided by a couple of other cars.
The Spaniard’s Cruze suffered from extensive damage and the session was disrupted by the red flag.
The fastest lap was set by Sébastien Loeb who stopped the clock at 1:22.421 in the final moments. Previously Gianni Morbidelli and José María López had posted provisional fastest laps of 1:22.778 and 1:22.570.
Just before the chequered flag, Yvan Muller completed a Citroën trio on top, setting the third fastest lap of 1:22.778 and demoting Morbidelli to fourth.
Gabriele Tarquini (1:22.846) and Tom Coronel (1:22.931) were placed in fifth and sixth, the last drivers to break the 1:23. wall.
Once again Franz Engstler was the fastest in the TC2T class with a lap of 1:26.742.
Qualifying will start at 14:30
|1||Sébastien LOEB||Citroen C-Elysee WTCC||1:22.421|
|2||José Maria LOPEZ||Citroen C-Elysee WTCC||1:22.570|
|3||Yvan MULLER||Citroen C-Elysee WTCC||1:22.634|
|4||Gianni MORBIDELLI||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:22.778|
|5||Gabriele TARQUINI||Honda Civic WTCC||1:22.846|
|6||Tom CORONEL||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:22.931|
|7||Mehdi BENNANI||Honda Civic WTCC||1:23.045|
|8||Tom CHILTON||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:23.130|
|9||Dusan BORKOVIC||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:23.197|
|10||Tiago MONTEIRO||Honda Civic WTCC||1:23.346|
|11||Norbert MICHELISZ||Honda Civic WTCC||1:23.457|
|12||Hugo VALENTE||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:23.878|
|13||René MUNNICH||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:23.977|
|14||Rob HUFF||LADA Granta 1.6T||1:24.141|
|15||James THOMPSON||LADA Granta 1.6T||1:24.697|
|16||Mikhail KOZLOVSKIY||LADA Granta 1.6T||1:25.633|
|17||Franz ENGSTLER||BMW E90 320 TC||1:26.742|
|18||John FILIPPI||Seat Leon WTCC||1:28.180|
|19||Pasquale DI SABATINO||BMW E90 320 TC||1:28.763|
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