Citroen speedy Jose Maria Lopez took the quickest lap-time in the Friday test session on the Salzburgring in Austria, the session was shortened by a red flag due to two cars stopped on the track. Yvan Muller finished 4th , Sébastien Loeb tip 6th.
The Citroën cars took the lead of operations from the start, with Yvan Muller improving twice the provisional best lap time (1.23.281, his best mark). At mid-session, though, Mehdi Bennani put briefly the Honda on top of the rankings (1.23.503) with Norbert Michelisz not far away (1:23.704), confirming the improvement of the Japanese cars.
One lap later, though, José María López, posted the best time of the session (1.23.101), almost equalled shortly after by Hugo Valente’s Chevrolet (1:23.128). The young Frenchman missed the top spot by only 27 thousandths of a second.
Bennani was eventually placed in third, only 1.5 tenths behind López, with Muller in fourth ahead of Tiago Monteiro, Sébastien Loeb, Gianni Morbidelli and Michelisz. Tom Chilton and Tom Coronel rounded off that top-ten who were covered by only seven tenths.
In TC2T, the session ended with the usual hierarchy, as Franz Engstler preceded again his own team-mate Pasquale Di Sabatino and John Filippi.
The session was stopped three minutes from the end, as both the cars of Coronel and Gabriele Tarquini stranded on the track, at the same spot.
The Dutchman’s Chevrolet suffered from a flat tire on the front left, while Tarquini’s Honda from a possible power-steering failure. Coronel was also (twice) among those missing the first chicane, together with Loeb, Valente and Engstler. (WTCC)
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps 1. Jose Maria Lopez Citroen 1m23.101s 15 2. Hugo Valente Campos Chevrolet 1m23.128s +0.027s 12 3. Mehdi Bennani Proteam Honda 1m23.250s +0.149s 15 4. Yvan Muller Citroen 1m23.281s +0.180s 16 5. Tiago Monteiro Honda 1m23.476s +0.375s 13 6. Sebastien Loeb Citroen 1m23.513s +0.412s 14 7. Gianni Morbidelli Munnich Chevrolet 1m23.672s +0.571s 13 8. Norbert Michelisz Zengo Honda 1m23.784s +0.683s 13 9. Tom Chilton ROAL Chevrolet 1m23.811s +0.710s 10 10. Tom Coronel ROAL Chevrolet 1m23.831s +0.730s 11 11. Gabriele Tarquini Honda 1m24.030s +0.929s 12 12. Rene Munnich Munnich Chevrolet 1m24.606s +1.505s 14 13. Dusan Borkovic Campos Chevrolet 1m24.683s +1.582s 9 14. Rob Huff Lada 1m25.002s +1.901s 11 15. James Thompson Lada 1m25.323s +2.222s 8 16. Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lada 1m25.668s +2.567s 14 17. Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 1m27.501s +4.400s 14 18. Pasquale di Sabatino Engstler BMW 1m28.829s +5.728s 14 19. John Filippi Campos SEAT 1m30.482s +7.381s 11