Yvan Muller re-established the hierarchy in the second free practice, setting the fastest lap of 1:55.508 with eight minutes left in the session.
However, before the Frenchman’s Chevrolet Cruze posted the best lap time, it was Thed Björk’s Volvo leading the time sheet like in the previous practice. The Swede set a provisional
fastest lap of 1:55.921 on his first attempt and then improved to 1:55.848.
A few minutes later James Thompson drove his Granta car to complete a lap of 1:56.069 to provisionally form an unseen duo of Volvo and LADA on top.
Then the RML pair of Muller and Tom Chilton improved; the new world champion jumped ahead
of the whole field, while his team-mate was placed third with a lap of 1:55.910, demoting Thompson to fourth.
Bamboo-engineering’s Alex MacDowall (1:56.109) and James Nash (1:56.196) ranked fifth and sixth respectively and led the Yokohama Trophy. Pepe Oriola (1:56.204), Tiago Monteiro (1:56.261), Rob Huff (1:56.341) and Gabriele Tarquini (1:56.455) rounded off the top-ten. Stefano D’Aste was 11th fastest and the best of the BMW drivers.
Once again Mehdi Bennani’s car was plagued by technical problems; so far the Moroccan driver has not had a problem-free session yet.
Drivers will hit the track again at 14.10 local time (7.10am CET) for the two-stage Qualifying session.