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Practice report
WTCC Termas de Rio Hondo

Argentina WTCC: Newcomer Guerrieri sets pace in FP1

WTCC rookie Esteban Guerrieri led the way in the first practice at Termas de Rio Hondo. The local driver put his Campos Racing Chevrolet on top in the early stages and maintained his lead for the rest of the session.

Esteban Guerrieri, Campos Racing Chevrolet Cruze

Behind the Argentine was Yvan Muller in second in the Citroen C-Elysee, a second slower than Guerrieri, but ahead of Honda's Norbert Michelisz.

In only the first few minutes, Guerrieri set the quickest time by an impressive margin of seven tenths from Michelisz.

With ten minutes to go, after experiencing an issue as he did a practice start at the end of the pit lane, the local hero further improved his lap time by half a second, by then Muller was already in second place.

Gabriele Tarquini managed a solid fourth, the Lada driver sitting in the top five for most of the session.

Despite struggling for pace earlier in the session, championship leader Jose Maria Lopez also improved in the last ten minutes, which brought him up to fifth ahead of Rob Huff.

James Thompson was second in the independents and seventh outright in the Munnich Motorsport Cruze, making a late improvement to finish ahead of Campos Racing regular John Filippi.

Tiago Monteiro finished ninth in his Honda, ahead of Lada's Hugo Valente, who closed the top ten a blink of an eye faster than teammate Nicky Catsburg.

The Volvos seemed to struggle in a completely unknown territory such as Termas de Rio Hondo, as Robert Dahlgren ended up 14th and Thed Bjork finished last.

There were no major incidents during the session.

FP1 results:

ClaDriverChassisLapsTimeGap
1 Esteban Guerrieri Chevrolet 9 1'43.557  
2 Yvan Muller Citroen 9 1'44.571 1.014
3 Norbert Michelisz Honda 12 1'44.595 1.038
4 Gabriele Tarquini LADA 11 1'44.786 1.229
5 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen 9 1'44.790 1.233
6 Rob Huff Honda 12 1'44.982 1.425
7 James Thompson Chevrolet 12 1'45.113 1.556
8 John Filippi Chevrolet 10 1'45.280 1.723
9 Tiago Monteiro Honda 13 1'45.327 1.770
10 Hugo Valente LADA 12 1'45.455 1.898
11 Nicky Catsburg LADA 11 1'45.460 1.903
12 Tom Coronel Chevrolet 13 1'45.469 1.912
13 Tom Chilton Citroen 10 1'45.482 1.925
14 Robert Dahlgren Volvo 11 1'45.568 2.011
15 Mehdi Bennani Citroen 13 1'46.092 2.535
16 Grégoire Demoustier Citroen 12 1'46.480 2.923
17 Daniel Nagy Honda 8 1'47.845 4.288
18 Thed Björk Volvo 4 1'47.974 4.417

Pietro Casillo / TouringCarTimes

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