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Nurburgring WTCC: Catsburg breaks lap record in FP2

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Nurburgring WTCC: Catsburg breaks lap record in FP2
May 26, 2017, 7:52 AM

Volvo driver Nicky Catsburg broke the WTCC lap record at the Nurburgring in the second practice session on Friday, lapping the legendary circuit in 8m34.813s.

Norbert Michelisz, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
Thed Björk, Polestar Cyan Racing, Volvo S60 Polestar TC1
Ryo Michigami, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
Tom Chilton, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Tom Coronel, Roal Motorsport, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
Rob Huff, All-Inkl Motorsport, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

The Dutchman set his time after the chequered flag fell on his final run, demoting Honda’s Norbert Michelisz, who had only just gone fastest with a time of 8m37.201s, to second place.

Michelisz, in turn, outpaced the Munnich Citroen of Rob Huff, who’d been on the top of the timesheets for most of the last half hour of the session.

Catsburg had set the first benchmark early in the session, with no further improvements possible until the half-way point while the ETCC Audi of Plamen Kralev was rescued after stopping at the exit of Schwalbenschwanz.

Behind Catsburg, Michelisz and Huff was Volvo’s Thed Bjork in fourth, with Esteban Guerrieri fifth fastest after setting a competitive lap in the Campos Racing Chevrolet.

Championship leader Tiago Monteiro (Honda) was a conservative sixth, with Sebastien Loeb Racing’s Tom Chilton seventh, personally delighted with his time set on old tyres in the Citroen.

Nestor Girolami was eighth fastest in the third Volvo ahead of Tom Coronel’s Chevrolet, with the SLR Citroen of Mehdi Bennani completing the top 10.

Unlike Thursday, there were no signs of punctures during the 60-minute session. The only drama was traffic, with a number of WTCC drivers getting caught behind some of the TCR-specification ETCC cars at awkward points on their quickest laps.

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

Practice 2 Results:

ClaDriverChassisTimeGap
1 netherlands Nicky Catsburg  Volvo 8'34.813  
2 hungary Norbert Michelisz  Honda 8'37.201 2.388
3 united_kingdom Rob Huff  Citroën 8'39.328 4.515
4 sweden Thed Björk  Volvo 8'41.396 6.583
5 argentina Esteban Guerrieri  Chevrolet 8'42.232 7.419
6 portugal Tiago Monteiro  Honda 8'42.586 7.773
7 united_kingdom Tom Chilton  Citroën 8'42.855 8.042
8 argentina Nestor Girolami  Volvo 8'44.705 9.892
9 netherlands Tom Coronel  Chevrolet 8'44.841 10.028
10 morocco Mehdi Bennani  Citroën 8'45.322 10.509
11 france John Filippi  Citroën 8'45.671 10.858
12 united_states Kevin Gleason  LADA 8'48.987 14.174
13 japan Ryo Michigami  Honda 8'49.506 14.693
14 hungary Daniel Nagy  Honda 8'54.326 19.513
15 france Aurelien Panis  Honda 8'55.079 20.266
16 france Yann Ehrlacher  LADA 9'14.620 39.807
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Series WTCC
Event Nürburgring
Location Nürburgring
Drivers Nick Catsburg
Teams Polestar Cyan Racing