Qatar WTCC: Lopez ends Losail test on top

WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez was fastest in the second session of the day at the Losail circuit in Qatar, which was run under floodlights with the session taking place at 7pm local time.

The Citroen driver lapped the circuit with a best time of 2:02.170 in the 30-minute session, leading the timesheets throughout as he continued to find time in the car.

Lopez was four tenths of a second faster than Mehdi Bennani in the privateer Citroen C-Elysee WTCC of Sebastien Loeb Racing, with Sebastien Loeb third fastest overall, completing a Citroen 1-2-3.

In fourth place was Munnich Motorsport's Stefano D'Aste, the best placed of the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1s, with Honda's Gabriele Tarquini in fifth. He was the last driver within a second of Lopez's time.

Nicky Catsburg was the best-placed Lada driver in eighth, while Rob Huff set his first laps after missing the first session due to a gearbox oil leak and was 16th fastest in the sister Lada.

Tiago Monteiro, who missed testing due to a turbo issue, was 12th fastest in the Castrol Honda Civic, while Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah was 17th fastest in the Campos Racing Chevrolet Cruze on his WTCC debut weekend.

There were no incidents or stoppages during the 30-minute session. 

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

 Pos  Driver  Car  Time   Gap   Laps 
Jose Maria Lopez Citroen 2'02.453   10
Mehdi Bennani Citroen 2'02.863 0.410 12
Sebastien Loeb Citroen 2'03.068 0.615 11
Stefano D'Aste Chevrolet 2'03.300 0.847 12
G.Tarquini Honda 2'03.353 0.900 11
Hugo Valente Chevrolet 2'03.492 1.039 10
N.Michelisz Honda 2'03.514 1.061 10
Nicky Catsburg Lada 2'03.538 1.085 12
Yvan Muller Citroen 2'03.546 1.093 11
10  Nicolas Lapierre Lada 2'03.569 1.116 12
11  Ma Qing Hua Citroen 2'03.705 1.252 9
12  Tiago Monteiro Honda 2'03.719 1.266 12
13  John Filippi Chevrolet 2'04.136 1.683 10
14  Tom Chilton Chevrolet 2'04.315 1.862 10
15  Tom Coronel Chevrolet 2'04.321 1.868 11
16  Rob Huff Lada 2'04.385 1.932 11
17  N.Al-Attiyah Chevrolet 2'04.445 1.992 11
18  G.Demoustier Chevrolet 2'04.739 2.286 11

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Series WTCC
Event Losail
Track Losail International Circuit
Drivers Jose Maria Lopez
Teams Citroën World Touring Car team
Article type Practice report