Hungaroring WTCC: Bjork denies Tarquini practice clean sweep

Thed Bjork denied Lada's Gabriele Tarquini a clean sweep of World Touring Car Championship sessions at the Hungaroring with the fastest time in second practice in his Volvo S60 Polestar

Hungaroring WTCC: Bjork denies Tarquini practice clean sweep

Polestar's Bjork, who was disqualified from both of last weekend's Slovakia Ring races for an air restrictor fault, had an early lap chalked off for exceeding track limits but recorded the fastest run of the weekend so far on the resurfaced circuit midway through the second half-hour session with a 1m47.525s lap.

Tarquini led the way in the opening session following a late improvement in his Vesta, ahead of Fredrik Ekblom and Norbert Michelisz.

But despite another late improvement, Tarquini fell 0.074 seconds short of Bjork's time in the second session, although he did prevent a Polestar 1-2 after displacing Ekblom from second.

Tom Chilton was the best-placed of the Citroens in fourth, lapping just 0.009s slower than Ekblom in his Sebastien Loeb Racing C-Elysee, ahead of home crowd favourite Michelisz, who had topped Friday's testing session.

Tom Coronel was sixth, while Jose Maria Lopez - who finished the second session seventh quickest - had been on course to challenge Bjork and Tarquini before pitting on his final lap.

Tiago Monteiro, Yvan Muller and Mehdi Bennani completed the top 10 in the second session.

While the first session featured a number of time deletions for track limit violations, only Bjork, Nicky Catsburg and Rene Munnich had laps disallowed in the second session.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Lada 1m47.929s 12
2 Fredrik Ekblom Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 0.108s 13
3 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.253s 10
4 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.309s 12
5 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Lada 0.507s 13
6 Yvan Muller Citroen Racing Citroen 0.648s 9
7 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.765s 11
8 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 0.805s 11
9 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Racing Citroen 0.846s 15
10 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 0.904s 11
11 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 0.908s 12
12 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1.011s 11
13 Hugo Valente LADA Sport Lada 1.299s 12
14 Rene Munnich Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1.655s 13
15 Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 2.395s 11
16 Ferenc Ficza Zengo Motorsport Honda 2.858s 12
17 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet - 4

PRACTICE TWO TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 1m47.525s 12
2 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Lada 0.074s 13
3 Fredrik Ekblom Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 0.213s 12
4 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 0.222s 12
5 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.348s 13
6 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 0.370s 13
7 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Racing Citroen 0.427s 9
8 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.441s 13
9 Yvan Muller Citroen Racing Citroen 0.464s 11
10 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 0.504s 12
11 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.665s 10
12 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Lada 0.772s 11
13 Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 0.887s 12
14 Hugo Valente LADA Sport Lada 0.926s 12
15 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1.369s 6
16 Rene Munnich Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 2.337s 13
17 Ferenc Ficza Zengo Motorsport Honda 2.599s 13


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