Thailand, FP1: López leads the way

He was suffering from an inner ear problem


By Olivier Ferret

31 October 2015 - 09:41
Thailand, FP1: López leads the (...)

José María López emerged quickest from Free Practice 1 for the inaugural WTCC Race of Thailand.

Top Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy contender Mehdi Bennani was second fastest, 0.299s slower, with Sébastien Loeb completing a Citroën top-three in third. Norbert Michelisz and Gabriele Tarquini were fourth and fourth for Honda respectively with Nicky Catsburg the fastest of the LADA drivers in sixth.

López revealed earlier that he was suffering from an inner ear problem although it didn’t slow the world champion elect.

Tiago Monteiro, Hugo Valente, Ma Qing Hua and Rob Huff completed the top 10 in Free Practice 1, which was stopped two minutes ahead of schedule after Nicolas Lapierre slid into the gravel at Turn 3, where his LADA ended up in the tyre barrier.

Pos. Driver Team Car Time
1 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:40.074
2 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1:40.373
3 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:40.623
4 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda 1:40.636
5 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1:40.886
6 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1:40.986
7 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1:41.105
8 Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet 1:41.223
9 Ma Qing Hua Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:41.513
10 Robert Huff LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1:41.529
11 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1:41.634
12 Stefano D’Aste Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1:41.942
13 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1:41.967
14 Nicolas Lapierre LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1:42.057
15 Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1:42.151
16 Grégoire Demoustier Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet 1:42.354
17 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1:42.355
18 Tin Sritrai Campos Racing Chevrolet 1:42.503


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