WTCR Free Practice 2 flash: Urrutia remains on top
Santiago Urrutia maintained his form from the first practice session to go fastest in the second at WTCR Clean Fuels for All Race of France, as drivers continued to get to grips with the Circuit de Pau-Ville.
The Uruguayan set a best time of 1m20.125s in his Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR, to end up just 0.079s faster than Mikel Azcona in his BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR.
But while Urrutia enjoyed another strong session in his Goodyear-equipped 03 TCR, fellow Lynk & Co drivers Yann Ehrlacher and Yvan Muller both lost time to broken driveshafts, as Thed Björk did in the morning session.
“The track is difficult and to put the lap together you need to take the kerbs,” said Urrutia. “But it is so aggressive in the car. I think it’s the way you take the kerbs. I’m pretty happy at the moment, so let’s see for qualifying. I can see Mikel behind me now and he is very quick, so let’s see. Let’s have a good qualifying and hope we don’t have any mechanical issues.”
Néstor Girolami was third fastest, just as he was in the morning session, in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR. King of WTCR Ehrlacher still managed to set the fourth best time despite his driveshaft problem, ahead of Björk and Tom Coronel who found pace in his Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport RS3 LMS.
Norbert Michelisz was seventh in his Hyundai, ahead of Gilles Magnus for Comtoyou Team Audi Sport and Esteban Guerrieri (Honda). Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Attila Tassi rounded out the top 10 in his Honda.
Nathanaël Berthon (Audi) was in P11, ahead of Tiago Monteiro (Honda), Ma Quing Hua (Lynk & Co) and WTCR returnee Mehdi Bennani in his Comtoyou Audi. Rob Huff was P15 after a brief overshoot down the escape road at Turn 1. Muller was just P16 and ended the session watching from the pits after his driveshaft problem.
Qualifying for WTCR Clean Fuels for All Race of France takes place at 17h30 local time.