WTCR Hungaroring: Norbert Michelisz sets the pace during practice

Norbert Michelisz was fastest in practice for the Hungarian round of the World Touring Car Cup, setting a new fastest lap of the Hungaroring in TCR machinery

WTCR Hungaroring: Norbert Michelisz sets the pace during practice

BRC Racing driver Michelisz set the quickest time in the opening practice session in his Hyundai i30 N, with the similar YMR car of Yvan Muller on top later in the morning.

Michelisz set his stall out early in the opening practice session, recording a fastest time of 1m52.657s that bettered his own qualifying lap record from last year.

The home favourite set another time that would have been good enough for top spot - a 1m53.014s - but his ultimate best still left him 0.544 seconds clear of the second-place YMR Hyundai of Thed Bjork.

Esteban Guerrieri headed a Munnich Motorsport Honda 3-4 in first practice, lapping five thousandths slower than Bjork. James Thompson, who admitted he is still struggling for consistency with the gearbox on his Honda Civic, was fourth and half a tenth slower than team-mate Guerrieri.

Wildcard entrant Daniel Nagy ended FP1 fifth in his Hyundai run by Michelisz's M1RA team, with the third and fourth regular Hyundais of FP2 pacesetter Muller and Gabriele Tarquini next up in sixth and seventh respectively.

Muller had to have his right-hand door taped up during the second session, but returned to the track and ended FP2 fastest - half a tenth slower than Michelisz's earlier benchmark - eclipsing team-mate Bjork in the final moments of the session by 0.083s.

Michelisz completed a Hyundai 1-2-3 in that session, lapping four tenths slower than Muller, while Yann Ehrlacher ended FP2 as the fastest of the Honda contingent a further 0.044s back.

Sixth was the Volkswagen Golf GTi of Rob Huff, who was the early pacesetter, ahead of the impressive Nagy and Thompson.

Aurelien Comte was the busiest man in practice, completing 27 laps across the two practice sessions in his Peugeot 308TCR. He ended both sessions in eighth, beating Gabriele Tarquini in the second session.

The second Hungaroring wildcard entry of Attila Tassi completed the top 10 in FP2 and was 1.081s off the pace, having finished the morning's opening session in 25th.

Gordon Shedden could only manage the 26th and 24th fastest times in the respective practice sessions, while WRT Audi team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay had a number of laps chalked off for exceeding track limits in FP2 and was slowest of those to complete a representative lap in 26th.

FP1 results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Norbert Michelisz BRC Racing Team Hyundai 1m52.657s 13
2 Thed Bjork YMR Hyundai 0.544s 11
3 Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda 0.549s 11
4 James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Honda 0.596s 11
5 Daniel Nagy M1RA Hyundai 0.598s 13
6 Yvan Muller YMR Hyundai 0.638s 10
7 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Racing Team Hyundai 0.702s 12
8 Aurelien Comte DG Sport Competition Peugeot 0.939s 14
9 Yann Ehrlacher Munnich Motorsport Honda 1.212s 12
10 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 1.216s 10
11 Benjamin Lessennes Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 1.243s 12
12 Aurelien Panis Comtoyou Racing Audi 1.361s 12
13 Rob Huff Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 1.487s 12
14 Mat'o Homola DG Sport Competition Peugeot 1.530s 13
15 Jean-Karl Vernay WRT Audi 1.627s 10
16 Tom Coronel Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 1.805s 12
17 Gianni Morbidelli Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1.853s 10
18 Pepe Oriola Campos Racing Cupra 1.936s 11
19 Norbert Nagy Zengo Motorsport Cupra 1.938s 12
20 Nathanael Berthon Comtoyou Racing Audi 2.142s 9
21 Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Racing Audi 2.151s 13
22 Zsolt Szabo Zengo Motorsport Cupra 2.232s 10
23 John Filippi Campos Racing Cupra 2.244s 12
24 Fabrizio Giovanardi Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 2.370s 8
25 Attila Tassi KCMG Honda 2.463s 12
26 Gordon Shedden WRT Audi 2.658s 13
27 Denis Dupont Comtoyou Racing Audi 2.928s 7

FP2 results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Yvan Muller YMR Hyundai 1m52.707s 11
2 Thed Bjork YMR Hyundai 0.083s 11
3 Norbert Michelisz BRC Racing Team Hyundai 0.423s 12
4 Yann Ehrlacher Munnich Motorsport Honda 0.467s 11
5 Rob Huff Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 0.498s 11
6 Daniel Nagy M1RA Hyundai 0.532s 13
7 James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Honda 0.701s 8
8 Aurelien Comte DG Sport Competition Peugeot 0.782s 13
9 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Racing Team Hyundai 0.815s 12
10 Attila Tassi KCMG Honda 1.081s 12
11 Gianni Morbidelli Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1.292s 10
12 Nathanael Berthon Comtoyou Racing Audi 1.316s 12
13 Norbert Nagy Zengo Motorsport Cupra 1.383s 11
14 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 1.421s 11
15 John Filippi Campos Racing Cupra 1.483s 10
16 Aurelien Panis Comtoyou Racing Audi 1.549s 12
17 Benjamin Lessennes Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 1.640s 12
18 Fabrizio Giovanardi Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1.886s 11
19 Tom Coronel Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 2.191s 11
20 Zsolt Szabo Zengo Motorsport Cupra 2.239s 13
21 Pepe Oriola Campos Racing Cupra 2.306s 7
22 Denis Dupont Comtoyou Racing Audi 2.345s 12
23 Mat'o Homola DG Sport Competition Peugeot 2.625s 4
24 Gordon Shedden WRT Audi 2.854s 12
25 Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Racing Audi 3.114s 12
26 Jean-Karl Vernay WRT Audi 3.165s 10
27 Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda 7.326s 10


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