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Suzuka, FP2: Muller is faster than Morbidelli

The session was the closest so far

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By Olivier Ferret

25 October 2014 - 05:05
Suzuka, FP2: Muller is faster than (...)

Yvan Muller continued to lead in today’s practice, setting the fastest lap in the second session ahead of Gianni Morbidelli.

Norbert Michelisz topped the times in the early stages with a lap of 2:09.341; however the Hungarian was soon demoted to second by José María López’s 2:08.510. Sébastien Loeb was the next to post a provisional fastest lap of 2:08.311.

In the final part of the session Morbidelli improved further to 2:08.243, making his first appearance on top after struggling during yesterday’s test and this morning’s first practice.
However, the Italian’s leadership did not last for long as Muller clocked a 2:07.953 that settled the matter for good.

The session was the closest so far during the weekend, with Muller, Morbidelli, Loeb and Tiago Monteiro all covered by only four tenths of a second.

López and Gabriele Tarquini followed in fifth and sixth one further tenth adrift. Tom Chilton, Tom Coronel and Norbert Michelisz filled the positions from 7th to 9th with Rob Huff’s LADA in 10th.
Dušan Borković and Henry Kwong missed the whole session: the Serbian spun at T8 and hit the rails, breaking the front spoiler of his Chevrolet RML car, while Kwong’s SEAT stopped on the track with a technical failure.

John Filippi clocked the fastest lap in the TC2T class (2:15.406) beating Franz Engstler by one tenth.

Pos. Driver Car Time
1 Yvan MULLER Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2:07.953
2 Gianni MORBIDELLI Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 2:08.243
3 Sébastien LOEB Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2:08.311
4 Tiago MONTEIRO Honda Civic WTCC 2:08.362
5 José Maria LOPEZ Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2:08.510
6 Gabriele TARQUINI Honda Civic WTCC 2:08.612
7 Tom CHILTON Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 2:08.814
8 Tom CORONEL Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 2:09.171
9 Norbert MICHELISZ Honda Civic WTCC 2:09.341
10 Rob HUFF LADA Granta 1.6T 2:09.829
11 Mehdi BENNANI Honda Civic WTCC 2:10.129
12 Hugo VALENTE Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 2:10.272
13 Mikhail KOZLOVSKIY LADA Granta 1.6T 2:10.429
14 James THOMPSON LADA Granta 1.6T 2:10.667
15 René MUNNICH Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 2:11.373
16 John FILIPPI Seat Leon WTCC 2:15.406
17 Franz ENGSTLER BMW E90 320 TC 2:15.572
18 Filipe DE SOUZA BMW E90 320 TC 2:17.597
19 Dusan BORKOVIC Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 -:—.---
20 Henry KWONG Seat Leon WTCC -:—.---

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