Portugal WTCC: Huff outpaces Michelisz in second practice

Munnich Motorsport’s Rob Huff was fastest of all in the second WTCC practice session at Vila Real, leading the two Hondas of Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro.

Portugal WTCC: Huff outpaces Michelisz in second practice
Rob Huff, All-Inkl Motorsport, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Norbert Michelisz, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
Daniel Nagy, Honda Team Zengo, Honday Civic WTCC
Norbert Michelisz, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
Tiago Monteiro, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC

The second session was uneventful in comparison to this morning’s, with no red flags or major incidents, with just an escape road jaunt for Ryo Michigami in the Honda near the end of the session.

Michelisz led the majority of the 45-minute practice, with the Hungarian getting to the low 1m58s before the half-way point, leading his teammate Monteiro.

The two Hondas were soon split by Huff in last year’s championship-winning Citroen, with the Briton four-tenths from Michelisz’s pace.

A final run on new tyres saw Huff going faster on his second lap and go into the 1m57s, with Michelisz also improving but finishing second, the two drivers over half a second clear of Monteiro.

Championship leader Nicky Catsburg was fourth fastest and the best-placed of the Volvos, leading teammate Thed Bjork.

Esteban Guerrieri, who again chose to never try out the new joker lap, meaning his first experience won’t be until the race itself, was sixth quickest, the only Chevrolet in the race following the withdrawal of Tom Coronel after his crash this morning.

The top 10 were completed by the privateer Citroen of Mehdi Bennani, the Volvo of Nestor Girolami, the Honda of Ryo Michigami and Tom Chilton’s Citroen.

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

Practice 2 Results:

ClaDriverChassisLapsTimeGap
1 united_kingdom Rob Huff  Citroën 16 1'58.030  
2 hungary Norbert Michelisz  Honda 16 1'58.057 0.027
3 portugal Tiago Monteiro  Honda 17 1'58.600 0.570
4 netherlands Nicky Catsburg  Volvo 15 1'58.627 0.597
5 sweden Thed Björk  Volvo 12 1'58.779 0.749
6 argentina Esteban Guerrieri  Chevrolet 12 1'58.997 0.967
7 morocco Mehdi Bennani  Citroën 16 1'59.018 0.988
8 argentina Nestor Girolami  Volvo 10 1'59.089 1.059
9 japan Ryo Michigami  Honda 15 1'59.737 1.707
10 united_kingdom Tom Chilton  Citroën 16 2'00.104 2.074
11 france Yann Ehrlacher  LADA 18 2'00.690 2.660
12 france John Filippi  Citroën 15 2'00.997 2.967
13 united_states Kevin Gleason  LADA 14 2'02.451 4.421
14 hungary Daniel Nagy  Honda 16 2'03.077 5.047
15 portugal Manuel Fernandes  LADA 17 2'03.480 5.450
16 france Aurelien Panis  Honda 5 2'04.108 6.078
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