Moscow WTCC: Rob Huff's Lada and Gabriele Tarquini's Honda set pace

Gabriele Tarquini and Rob Huff set the pace in the two free practice sessions for the World Touring Car Championship round at Moscow Raceway

Moscow WTCC: Rob Huff's Lada and Gabriele Tarquini's Honda set pace

After topping Friday's test session, Honda driver Tarquini then set the pace in the first free practice session with a best time of 1m39.036.

Citroen drivers Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller both trailed him by around a tenth and a half, and were separated from each other by just nine thousandths of a second.

Sebastien Loeb was fourth ahead of Tarquini's team-mate Tiago Monteiro and Huff, the best of the Ladas at the Russian marque's home circuit.

Huff then claimed the honours in second practice with a late lap of 1m38.853s to pip session-long leader Muller by 0.043s.

Lopez was three tenths back in third, just ahead of ROAL Chevrolet driver Tom Chilton, while Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen racer Mehdi Bennani and Campos Chevrolet man Hugo Valente rounded out the top six.

Making his WTCC debut for Lada this weekend, Dutchman Nicky Catsburg was seventh in the second session.

He was followed by Rickard Rydell, who returns with the Nika Honda team after missing the past three rounds with illness.

PRACTICE ONE:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m39.036s - 9
2 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m39.185s 0.149s 12
3 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m39.194s 0.158s 13
4 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m39.559s 0.523s 13
5 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m39.722s 0.686s 11
6 Rob Huff LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m39.740s 0.704s 9
7 Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet 1m39.977s 0.941s 10
8 Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1m39.983s 0.947s 9
9 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda 1m40.011s 0.975s 13
10 Ma Qinghua Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m40.214s 1.178s 13
11 Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m40.332s 1.296s 13
12 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1m40.542s 1.506s 13
13 Rickard Rydell Nika International Honda 1m40.647s 1.611s 14
14 Stefano D'Aste All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1m40.713s 1.677s 14
15 Gregoire Demoustier Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet 1m40.816s 1.780s 14
16 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1m40.868s 1.832s 11
17 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m40.986s 1.950s 15
18 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1m41.625s 2.589s 11

PRACTICE TWO:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Rob Huff LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m38.853s - 15
2 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m38.896s 0.043s 12
3 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m39.226s 0.373s 10
4 Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1m39.254s 0.401s 11
5 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1m39.396s 0.543s 13
6 Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet 1m39.483s 0.630s 11
7 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m39.623s 0.770s 13
8 Rickard Rydell Nika International Honda 1m39.650s 0.797s 13
9 Ma Qinghua Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m39.728s 0.875s 13
10 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m39.792s 0.939s 14
11 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 1m39.912s 1.059s 12
12 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda 1m40.008s 1.155s 11
13 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1m40.024s 1.171s 11
14 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1m40.369s 1.516s 10
15 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 1m40.437s 1.584s 12
16 Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 1m40.714s 1.861s 13
17 Stefano D'Aste All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1m40.961s 2.108s 11
18 Gregoire Demoustier Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet 1m41.273s 2.420s 12

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