Morocco WTCC: Coronel emerges as surprise leader in FP2

Tom Coronel pulled a surprise on the field to take the lead in the final moments of the second free practice session at Marrakech.

Morocco WTCC: Coronel emerges as surprise leader in FP2
Norbert Michelisz, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
Tiago Monteiro, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
John Filippi, Campos Racing, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
James Thompson, All-Inkl Motorsport, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
Thed Björk, Polestar Cyan Racing, Volvo S60 Polestar TC1
Nicky Catsburg, LADA Sport Rosneft, Lada Vesta
Thed Björk, Polestar Cyan Racing, Volvo S60 Polestar TC1

The ROAL Motorsport driver in his Chevrolet finished ahead of Honda’s Rob Huff and Citroen’s Jose Maria Lopez.

At the beginning Tiago Monteiro jumped up to the lead followed by Lopez, as the two swapped places until the Honda driver took charge ahead of the Argentinian, with 10 minutes to go.

After a round of stops, the drivers improved on their times as Yvan Muller climbed up to fourth, but the Frenchman was soon demoted by Huff, who claimed the lead ahead of Lopez and teammate Norbert Michelisz.

Lada's Nicky Catsburg also entered the top five, demoting Muller to fifth while Hugo Valente's quick lap was disallowed due to track limits infringements, at Turn 12.

As the session came to an end, Coronel surprisingly set the fastest second sector and took the lead of the session with just seconds to go.

There were no improvement under the chequered flag, leaving the Chevrolet driver in the lead ahead of Huff and Lopez.

Michelisz finished fourth ahead of Monteiro, with Catsburg in sixth. Despite a massive improvement compared to this morning’s 14th position, Muller is still seventh, 0.8s off the pace in his Citroen.

Gabriele Tarquini finished in eighth for Lada, with James Thompson entering the top ten by claiming ninth as home hero Mehdi Bennani completed the top ten.

FP2 results:

PosDriverCarTime/GapLaps
1 NetherlandsTom Coronel  Chevrolet 1:21.824 14
2 United KingdomRob Huff  Honda +0.252 16
3 ArgentinaJose Maria Lopez  Citroen +0.319 14
4 HungaryNorbert Michelisz  Honda +0.400 13
5 PortugalTiago Monteiro  Honda +0.424 15
6 NetherlandsNicky Catsburg  Lada +0.599 15
7 FranceYvan Muller  Citroen +0.814 13
8 ItalyGabriele Tarquini  Lada +0.857 16
9  James Thompson  Chevrolet +0.883 14
10 MoroccoMehdi Bennani  Citroen +1.042 16
11 SwedenFredrik Ekblom  Volvo +1.156 15
12 SwedenThed Björk  Volvo +1.238 14
13 FranceJohn Filippi  Chevrolet +1.416 17
14 FranceHugo Valente  Lada +1.428 14
15 United KingdomTom Chilton  Citroen +1.523 12
16 FranceGrégoire Demoustier  Citroen +2.254 16
17 HungaryFerenc Ficza  Honda +2.476 10

Pietro Casillo / TouringCarTimes

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