Bjork puts Volvo Polestar on top in Paul Ricard WTCC practice

Thed Bjork topped the second World Touring Car Championship practice session at Paul Ricard, as he and Polestar showed their hand for the first time

Bjork puts Volvo Polestar on top in Paul Ricard WTCC practice

Spearheading Volvo's return to the WTCC as a manufacturer, Polestar's drivers started the weekend in unremarkable fashion with Bjork and team-mate Fredrik Ekblom registering a sole appearance in the top 10 in either testing or first practice, which were held in less than favourable conditions.

The pair went largely without notice once again in the first half of the second session, before Bjork sprung to the top of the timesheets with a lap of 1m30.069s, comfortably the quickest time of the weekend.

The Swede was not challenged from there and finished on top, with team-mate Ekblom the only significant mover thereafter, as he jumped up to seventh.

Practice one pacesetter Tiago Monteiro followed up his form in the morning's damp conditions with the second-fastest time, 0.348 seconds slower than Bjork.

He and his Honda team-mates Norbert Michelisz and Rob Huff spent the final minutes of the session practicing their slipstream formation, ahead of the first running of the new MAC3 format for manufacturers that will take place after Saturday's qualifying.

Lada pair Nicky Catsburg and Gabriele Tarquini were third and fourth, the former just 0.003s slower than Monteiro, while Citroen's factory duo of Yvan Muller and Jose Maria Lopez were next up in their pair of C-Elysees.

Michelisz finished the session in eighth, a place behind Ekblom, while Tom Coronel was the leading Chevrolet driver as he dragged his Cruze to ninth place.

Tom Chilton put his satellite Citroen C-Elysee in 10th, just ahead of team-mate Mehdi Bennani and the third Civic of Huff.

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 1m30.069s - 12
2 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m30.417s 0.348s 12
3 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Lada 1m30.420s 0.351s 16
4 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Lada 1m30.515s 0.446s 10
5 Yvan Muller Citroen Racing Citroen 1m30.531s 0.462s 10
6 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Racing Citroen 1m30.787s 0.718s 9
7 Fredrik Ekblom Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 1m30.945s 0.876s 12
8 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m30.976s 0.907s 12
9 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1m31.021s 0.952s 13
10 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1m31.222s 1.153s 11
11 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1m31.255s 1.186s 13
12 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m31.307s 1.238s 13
13 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1m31.533s 1.464s 12
14 Rene Munnich Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1m31.723s 1.654s 13
15 Hugo Valente LADA Sport Lada 1m31.731s 1.662s 10
16 Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1m31.781s 1.712s 14
17 Ferenc Ficza Zengo Motorsport Honda 1m38.551s 8.482s 9


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