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WTCR Zandvoort: Bjork sets combined practice pace for Cyan Racing

Cyan Racing driver Thed Bjork set the pace across Friday's two World Touring Car Cup practice sessions at the returning Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix venue Zandvoort

The 2017 World Touring Car champion's table-topping effort in FP2 came as something of a surprise, as Bjork headed Yann Ehrlacher in a Cyan one-two despite the team's car being saddled with more weight ahead of this weekend's round.

The Lynk & Co 03 has received a 10kg increase in BoP weight for the Zandvoort event, although its maximum engine power has also been boosted from 97.5% to 100%.

Bjork was Cyan's lead representative in FP1, finishing eighth, and then topped the half-hour second practice session with a best time of 1m45.161s - which was 0.082 seconds clear of Ehlracher's late effort.

Norbert Michelisz, who sits third in the drivers' standings thanks to a run of three second-place finishes from the four most recent races, was another late improver in FP2 and ended up third in his BRC Racing Hyundai i30 N.

The Hungarian finished best of the rest ahead of the Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTIs of Johan Kristoffersson and Benjamin Leuchter.

A trio of Cupras - Comtoyou pair Aurelien Panis and Tom Coronel, plus PWR's Daniel Haglof - were next up, while Esteban Guerrieri (Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R) was the final driver to lap faster than KCMG Honda driver Attila Tassi's FP1 benchmark.

Tassi was fastest in the 45-minute opening session - which, like FP2, ran without incident - by three tenths from Coronel, with the Lukoil-backed BRC Hyundai of Augusto Farfus third.

Mikel Azcona (PWR Cupra) was fourth in that session, and rounded out a top 10 in FP2 that featured five of the seven brands.

WRT driver Jean-Karl Vernay was the fastest of the Audi RS3 LMS contingent in 11th, while Kevin Ceccon and his Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloca team-mate Ma Qing Hua were 17th and 18th.

FP1 Results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Attila Tassi KCMG Honda 1m45.692s 17
2 Tom Coronel Comtoyou Cupra Cupra 0.303s 18
3 Augusto Farfus BRC Racing Team Hyundai 0.358s 17
4 Mikel Azcona PWR Racing Cupra 0.384s 20
5 Daniel Haglof PWR Racing Cupra 0.422s 12
6 Benjamin Leuchter SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen 0.648s 15
7 Nestor Girolami Munnich Motorsport Honda 0.691s 17
8 Thed Bjork Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 0.760s 15
9 Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda 0.785s 17
10 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai 0.801s 15
11 Andy Priaulx Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 0.806s 16
12 Niels Langeveld Comtoyou Audi Audi 0.882s 18
13 Johan Kristoffersson SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen 0.949s 14
14 Norbert Michelisz BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai 0.981s 17
15 Yvan Muller Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 0.981s 15
16 Tiago Monteiro KCMG Honda 1.118s 16
17 Nicky Catsburg BRC Racing Team Hyundai 1.193s 17
18 Yann Ehrlacher Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 1.242s 16
19 Aurelien Panis Comtoyou Cupra Cupra 1.278s 17
20 Jean-Karl Vernay WRT Audi 1.425s 15
21 Rob Huff SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen 1.437s 14
22 Mehdi Bennani SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen 1.540s 14
23 Ma Qinghua Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1.565s 18
24 Kevin Ceccon Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1.649s 18
25 Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Audi Audi 2.276s 14
26 Gordon Shedden WRT Audi 3.221s 15

FP2 results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Thed Bjork Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 1m45.161s 12
2 Yann Ehrlacher Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 0.082s 10
3 Norbert Michelisz BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai 0.168s 13
4 Johan Kristoffersson SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen 0.345s 12
5 Benjamin Leuchter SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen 0.362s 11
6 Aurelien Panis Comtoyou Cupra Cupra 0.391s 11
7 Tom Coronel Comtoyou Cupra Cupra 0.451s 10
8 Daniel Haglof PWR Racing Cupra 0.466s 13
9 Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda 0.489s 10
10 Mikel Azcona PWR Racing Cupra 0.545s 14
11 Jean-Karl Vernay WRT Audi 0.572s 10
12 Niels Langeveld Comtoyou Audi Audi 0.582s 13
13 Nestor Girolami Munnich Motorsport Honda 0.582s 11
14 Andy Priaulx Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 0.592s 10
15 Nicky Catsburg BRC Racing Team Hyundai 0.735s 13
16 Yvan Muller Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 0.737s 9
17 Kevin Ceccon Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 0.770s 12
18 Ma Qinghua Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 0.824s 11
19 Attila Tassi KCMG Honda 0.842s 12
20 Augusto Farfus BRC Racing Team Hyundai 0.888s 11
21 Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Audi Audi 0.975s 12
22 Mehdi Bennani SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen 0.992s 13
23 Tiago Monteiro KCMG Honda 1.012s 11
24 Gordon Shedden WRT Audi 1.398s 11
25 Rob Huff SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen 1.487s 9
26 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Squadra Corse Hyundai 1.509s 14


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