Slovakia Ring WTCC: Rob Huff fastest for Lada in testing

Rob Huff was fastest for Lada in the World Touring Car Championship's Friday test at the Slovakia Ring

Slovakia Ring WTCC: Rob Huff fastest for Lada in testing

The 2012 world champion's 2m04.967s lap put him 0.433 seconds clear of the leading Citroen of ex-Formula 1 test driver Ma Qing Hua.

It was an odd session for the usually dominant Citroen factory team, with championship leader - and early Friday pacesetter - Jose Maria Lopez going off in the opening minutes.

Lopez beached his C-Elysee in the Turn 6 gravel trap, and although the car was retrieved to the pits in time to rejoin for the closing minutes, he could not improve on 10th place.

Team-mates Yvan Muller, who also went off at Turn 6 and picked up a puncture early on, and Sebastien Loeb were only fifth and eighth, as Campos driver Hugo Valente and Gabriele Tarquini got Chevrolet and Honda into the top five too.

Super TC2000 champion Nestor Girolami began his debut WTCC weekend with 12th place in the Nika Honda usually driven by Rickard Rydell.

Local driver Mato Homola, who is also making a guest appearance in Slovakia with Campos, was 18th.

FRIDAY TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Rob Huff LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 2m04.967s - 12
2 Ma Qinghua Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 2m05.400s 0.433s 11
3 Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet 2m05.662s 0.695s 9
4 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 2m05.738s 0.771s 10
5 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 2m06.172s 1.205s 10
6 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 2m06.247s 1.280s 10
7 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 2m06.300s 1.333s 13
8 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 2m06.325s 1.358s 11
9 Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 2m06.422s 1.455s 10
10 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 2m06.422s 1.455s 7
11 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda 2m06.534s 1.567s 11
12 Nestor Girolami Honda Racing team Sweden Honda 2m06.690s 1.723s 11
13 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 2m06.838s 1.871s 10
14 Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 2m07.271s 2.304s 8
15 Gregoire Demoustier Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet 2m07.911s 2.944s 11
16 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 2m08.361s 3.394s 10
17 Stefano D'Aste All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 2m08.565s 3.598s 11
18 Mat'o Homola Campos Racing Chevrolet 2m09.743s 4.776s 8
19 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 2m10.673s 5.706s 8


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