Alain Menu leads World Touring Car practice two in Slovakia for Chevrolet

Chevrolet's Alain Menu topped the timesheets in World Touring Car free practice two at the Slovakia Ring

Alain Menu leads World Touring Car practice two in Slovakia for Chevrolet

The Swiss racer, who is chasing a 24-point deficit to team-mate Yvan Muller in the drivers' standings, recorded a fastest time of 2m13.837s. Reigning world champion Muller finished 0.477 seconds behind Menu in second position.

Chevrolet's third world title chasing driver Rob Huff took seventh in the final practice session prior to qualifying, and reckons the circuit will remain low-grip all weekend.

"The circuit is very Brno-esque, which is nice, although I am not particularly confident that it will rubber-in," said Huff. "We don't have much running here, and there is a lot of material, pollen, white fluffy seeds and other things, floating in the air which has been blown off from the neighbouring fields."

James Nash repeated his third position from the opening session in his Arena Ford Focus S2000 TC. The Briton was 0.065s faster than free practice one pacesetter Pepe Oriola's Tuenti Leon. Spaniard Oriola's first session effort remained the fastest time of the day, four tenths quicker than Menu's practice two benchmark.

ROAL BMW driver Tom Coronel headed the timing screens at the midway point of the session. The Dutchman later joined Oriola in running into the gravel at Turn 6, but held on to take fifth place.

Aleskei Dudukalo was the highest-placed Lukoil SEAT runner in sixth, while team-mate Gabriele Tarquini beached his Leon in the gravel at Turn 13 on his final lap and was 10th.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Alain Menu Chevrolet 2m13.837s 2. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 2m14.314s + 0.477s 3. James Nash Arena Ford 2m14.608s + 0.771s 4. Pepe Oriola Tuenti SEAT 2m14.673s + 0.836s 5. Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 2m14.763s + 0.926s 6. Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil SEAT 2m14.770s + 0.933s 7. Rob Huff Chevrolet 2m14.928s + 1.091s 8. Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 2m14.975s + 1.138s 9. Tiago Monteiro Tuenti SEAT 2m15.422s + 1.585s 10. Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil SEAT 2m15.467s + 1.630s 11. Darryl O'Young Special Tuning SEAT 2m15.516s + 1.679s 12. Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 2m15.725s + 1.888s 13. Alberto Cerqui ROAL BMW 2m15.980s + 2.143s 14. Stefano D'Aste Wiechers BMW 2m16.235s + 2.398s 15. Tom Boardman Special Tuning SEAT 2m16.428s + 2.591s 16. Tom Chilton Arena Ford 2m16.618s + 2.781s 17. Alex MacDowall bamboo Chevrolet 2m16.748s + 2.911s 18. Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW 2m16.775s + 2.938s 19. Pasquale di Sabatino bamboo Chevrolet 2m17.036s + 3.199s 20. Charles Ng Engstler BMW 2m17.088s + 3.251s 21. Gabor Weber Zengo BMW 2m17.509s + 3.672s 
shares
comments
Chilton optimistic about Arena potential despite troubled start in Slovakia

Previous article

Chilton optimistic about Arena potential despite troubled start in Slovakia

Next article

Michelisz edges Dudukalo and Tarquini to secure first WTCC pole at Slovakia Ring

Michelisz edges Dudukalo and Tarquini to secure first WTCC pole at Slovakia Ring
Load comments

About this article

Series WTCC
Author Peter Mills
Why joker laps are entering the mainstream Plus

Why joker laps are entering the mainstream

This season the World Touring Car Championship looks certain to bring joker laps to a circuit-racing world championship for the first time. And it need not be the daft gimmick people may think

WTCC
Apr 6, 2017
The making of the world's best tin-top driver Plus

The making of the world's best tin-top driver

He has been overshadowed at Citroen for the last three seasons, but the retirement of Yvan Muller means the world says farewell to one of touring-car racing's finest talents

WTCC
Sep 26, 2016
Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC Plus

Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC

Volvo gave the World Touring Car Championship a major boost when it announced it would enter the series, but its ambitions don't stop there. JACK COZENS examines its programme, the S60 and what its arrival means for the WTCC

WTCC
Jan 18, 2016
The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off Plus

The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off

A 17-car field on a 13-mile track - the WTCC's Nurburgring Nordschleife gamble wasn't going to be easy to pull off. STUART CODLING explains how the series made it work

WTCC
May 20, 2015
Insight from a Nordschleife master Plus

Insight from a Nordschleife master

World championship racing returns to the Nordschleife this weekend. STUART CODLING got a lesson from one of the legendary track's few masters

WTCC
May 15, 2015
Becoming world champion for £100k Plus

Becoming world champion for £100k

The 2012 World Touring Car champion says he never had the money to race cars. Yet 2015 is his 11th season in the WTCC. He talks STUART CODLING through his journey from motorsport fan to paid professional - for little more than £100,000

WTCC
Mar 23, 2015
Can the vanquished champion bounce back? Plus

Can the vanquished champion bounce back?

The World Touring Car Championship kicks off in Argentina this weekend, and Yvan Muller bids to reclaim his throne from Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez. He talks to STUART CODLING

WTCC
Mar 6, 2015
The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014 Plus

The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014

Citroen had no rivals during the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, and 'rookie' Jose Maria Lopez hit the ground running to emerge as a worthy champion. PETER MILLS rates the field

WTCC
Dec 3, 2014