Hungary WTCC: Huff tops wet-dry first practice
Munnich Motorsport’s Rob Huff set the pace in the first WTCC practice at the Hungaroring, with the Citroen driver finishing a tenth clear of points leader Tiago Monteiro in mixed weather conditions.
Monteiro set the first marker in the now heavily-ballasted Honda, but almost as soon as the first laps were in, light rain began to fall at the Hungarian circuit, with no further improvements seen for the best part of 20 minutes.
The first sign the track had started to dry out was when Sebastien Loeb Racing’s Mehdi Bennani went fastest of all in his Citroen, the first in the 1m52s, with faster lap times soon to follow as SLR’s Tom Chilton and Volvo’s Nicky Catsburg broke into the 1m51s, before Huff went fastest of all with a time of 1m50.609s.
Monteiro soon came close with a time just 0.067s behind. Although the Portuguese driver would find more time from the car later in the session, he, along with Lada’s Yann Ehrlacher, had his best lap deleted for exceeding the track limits at Turn 4.
Thed Bjork would make a late improvement to go third fastest in the Volvo, with Esteban Guerrieri making it four makes in the top four, the Argentinian the fastest of the two Chevrolets for Campos Racing.
“It was a really mixed session,” said Huff. “It wasn’t ever really dry or ever really wet, so it was just a case of getting a lap in at the right time I think.”
The best-placed of the RC Motorsport Ladas was Ehrlacher in 11th position, while the two Hungarians were at the bottom of the time sheets, with neither Honda’s Norbert Michelisz or Zengo Motorsport’s Daniel Nagy setting representative lap times.
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