WTCC Qatar: Tiago Monteiro quickest in practice for season finale

Honda driver Tiago Monteiro set the pace in World Touring Car Championship practice in Qatar, ahead of Friday's final races of the 2016 season

WTCC Qatar: Tiago Monteiro quickest in practice for season finale

Monteiro, who retains an outside chance of taking second in the championship from Citroen's Yvan Muller, set a best time of 2m01.476 seconds in his Honda Civic in the second half-hour practice session at the Losail Circuit.

The Portuguese's effort was around four tenths faster than last year's second practice benchmark time of 2m01.859s, set by Jose Maria Lopez.

Monteiro's Honda team-mate Norbert Michelisz jumped up to second near the end of the session, ending up just 0.064s slower in his Civic, while Lada's Hugo Valente was third-fastest.

World champion Lopez, who like his Citroen team will leave the WTCC after this weekend's final round of the season, was fourth-fastest ahead of Gabriele Tarquini, the third factory Honda of Rob Huff and the independent Zengo Motorsport car of Daniel Nagy.

Lopez had been fastest in the afternoon's first practice session, setting a best time of 2m02.182s in his C-Elysee to finish 0.621s faster than Valente.

In two sessions with little in the way of incidents to report, Daniel Nagy brought out a red flag in the first when he buried his Zengo Motorsport Honda Civic in the gravel at Turn 5.

The second was also stopped after ROAL Motorsport's Tom Coronel ground to a halt in his Chevrolet Cruze, his front-left wheel having come off.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Racing Citroen 2m02.182s 8
2 Hugo Valente LADA Sport Lada 0.621s 12
3 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 0.867s 7
4 Robert Dahlgren Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 0.999s 10
5 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1.018s 10
6 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Lada 1.137s 11
7 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Lada 1.204s 12
8 Yvan Muller Citroen Racing Citroen 1.435s 11
9 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1.505s 10
10 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1.528s 11
11 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 1.537s 11
12 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 1.650s 10
13 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 1.695s 11
14 Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 2.194s 11
15 Ferenc Ficza Zengo Motorsport Honda 2.329s 11
16 James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 2.846s 12
17 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 2.936s 8
18 Daniel Nagy Zengo Motorsport Honda 3.094s 10

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 2m01.476s 10
2 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.064s 10
3 Hugo Valente LADA Sport Lada 0.318s 12
4 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Racing Citroen 0.676s 10
5 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Lada 0.693s 9
6 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 0.715s 12
7 Daniel Nagy Zengo Motorsport Honda 0.942s 11
8 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 0.984s 12
9 Ferenc Ficza Zengo Motorsport Honda 1.025s 11
10 James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 1.049s 12
11 Yvan Muller Citroen Racing Citroen 1.299s 9
12 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Lada 1.344s 11
13 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 1.509s 5
14 Robert Dahlgren Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 1.688s 10
15 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 2.067s 10
16 Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 2.169s 9
17 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 2.463s 13
18 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 2.611s 4

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