WTCR Free Practice 2 Flash: Kristoffersson edges Huff
Double FIA World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson (SLR Volkswagen) topped Free Practice 2 at WTCR Race of Germany ahead of Rob Huff and Neils Langeveld.
Comtoyou Team Audi Sport’s Langeveld initially set the fastest lap of the weekend with an 8m058.014s in his Audi RS3 LMS TCR around the 25.378-kilometre Nürburgring Nordschleife, but Briton Rob Huff was soon to spoil Langeveld’s party.
The Free Practice 1 pacesetter was once again delivering some searing sector times in his SLR VW Motorsport Golf GTI TCR, eventually edging Dutchman Langeveld by just 0.083s with an 8m057.931s to restore himself back at the top.
BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team’s Nicky Catsburg and BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse’s Norbert Michelisz maintained their strong form in their Hyundai i30 N TCRs, slotting in third and fourth ahead of Comtoyou Team DHL CUPRA Racing driver Tom Coronel with five minutes remaining.
As the end of Free Practice 2 loomed, Dutchman Catsburg opted to complete a full race run as others dived for the pits. Kristoffersson opted for a different approach as he looked to stamp his authority.
The Swede stormed to an 8m057.185s lap for SLR Volkswagen to topple Huff’s benchmark, 0.746s faster than the Brit.
Huff ended the session second fastest, ahead of Langeveld who crashed his Audi RS3 LMS TCR into the barriers at the mini carousel that curtailed everybody’s final laps. The Dutchman’s earlier pace was enough for third quickest.
ALL-INKL.com Münnich Motorsport driver Néstor Girolami fired his Honda Civic Type R TCR into fourth as the chequered flag waved, ahead of Catsburg and Michelisz who were fifth and sixth.
Cyan Racing Lynk & Co driver Thed Björk was eighth fastest but over four seconds shy of Kristoffersson’s pace. Jean Karl-Vernay was ninth, one spot ahead of Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport team-mate Gordon Shedden who was P10.
Cyan Performance Lynk & Co’s Andy Priaulx set his first laps of the weekend after missing Free Practice 1 with a fuel pressure issue, as did Frenchman Yvan Muller who also missed the entire opening session for Cyan Racing Lynk & Co.
First Qualifying is scheduled for 15h30.