Salzburgring, Tests: Valente and Bennani on López heels
With warm but overcast weather
The Citroën cars took the lead of operations from the start, with Yvan Muller improving twice the provisional best lap time (1.23.281, his best mark). At mid-session, though, Mehdi Bennani put briefly the Honda on top of the rankings (1.23.503) with Norbert Michelisz not far away (1:23.704), confirming the improvement of the Japanese cars.
One lap later, though, José María López, posted the best time of the session (1.23.101), almost equalled shortly after by Hugo Valente’s Chevrolet (1:23.128). The young Frenchman missed the top spot by only 27 thousandths of a second.
Bennani was eventually placed in third, only 1.5 tenths behind López, with Muller in fourth ahead of Tiago Monteiro, Sébastien Loeb, Gianni Morbidelli and Michelisz. Tom Chilton and Tom Coronel rounded off that top-ten who were covered by only seven tenths.
In TC2T, the session ended with the usual hierarchy, as Franz Engstler preceded again his own team-mate Pasquale Di Sabatino and John Filippi.
The session was stopped three minutes from the end, as both the cars of Coronel and Gabriele Tarquini stranded on the track, at the same spot.
The Dutchman’s Chevrolet suffered from a flat tire on the front left, while Tarquini’s Honda from a possible power-steering failure. Coronel was also (twice) among those missing the first chicane, together with Loeb, Valente and Engstler.
|1||José Maria LOPEZ||Citroen C-Elysee WTCC||1:23.101|
|2||Hugo VALENTE||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:23.128|
|3||Mehdi BENNANI||Honda Civic WTCC||1:23.250|
|4||Yvan MULLER||Citroen C-Elysee WTCC||1:23.281|
|5||Tiago MONTEIRO||Honda Civic WTCC||1:23.476|
|6||Sébastien LOEB||Citroen C-Elysee WTCC||1:23.513|
|7||Gianni MORBIDELLI||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:23.672|
|8||Norbert MICHELISZ||Honda Civic WTCC||1:23.784|
|9||Tom CHILTON||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:23.811|
|10||Tom CORONEL||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:23.831|
|11||Gabriele TARQUINI||Honda Civic WTCC||1:24.030|
|12||René MUNNICH||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:24.606|
|13||Dusan BORKOVIC||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1:24.683|
|14||Rob HUFF||LADA Granta 1.6T||1:25.002|
|15||James THOMPSON||LADA Granta 1.6T||1:25.323|
|16||Mikhail KOZLOVSKIY||LADA Granta 1.6T||1:25.668|
|17||Franz ENGSTLER||BMW E90 320 TC||1:27.501|
|18||Pasquale DI SABATINO||BMW E90 320 TC||1:28.829|
|19||John FILIPPI||Seat Leon WTCC||1:30.482|
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