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WTCC testing resumes, Huff still on a high

WTCC testing resumes, Huff still on a high

15/03/2017 13:00

Rob Huff has continued to set the standard in pre-season testing for the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

He lapped the 5.793-kilometre Monza track in 1m52.497s, which proved to be the fastest time during this morning’s session in Italy.

Behind the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver came another Citroën privateer, Huff’s fellow Briton Tom Chilton, who ended up 1.185s off top spot, having been quickest until his compatriot’s stunning late effort. Chilton is celebrating turning 32 today.

Tom Coronel was third fastest for ROAL Motorsport, the Dutchman getting his first meaningful running in his Chevrolet after clashing commitments meant he was only able to complete limited running on Tuesday.

Néstor Girolami was fourth and the top factory Volvo Polestar driver with John Filippi and Mehdi Bennani next up for Sébastien Loeb Racing.

Tiago Monteiro led the works Honda contingent in seventh followed by fellow factory drivers Ryo Michigami and Norbert Michelisz. Thed Björk and Yvan Muller were also running albeit without recording lap times.

The afternoon session runs from 14h00-18h00 local time. Click here for live timing.

Zsolt Dávid Szabó completed his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut in Argentina last weekend by underlining his desire to return to the track when WTCC 2017 resumes in China in mid-October.

Yann Ehrlacher was applauded and praised by his rivals following his maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship victory.

Mehdi Bennani reckoned he over-achieved at WTCC Race of Argentina by scoring his third podium of 2017 to remain firmly in the hunt for the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller isn’t surprised that his nephew, Yann Ehrlacher, is a winner in the FIA World Touring Car Championship – revealing that he always expected the 21-year-old would reach the top of the podium.

The chase for WTCC Trophy title success intensified when the FIA World Touring Car Championship visited Argentina last week.

Esteban Guerrieri used his home rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship to deliver one of his best weekends in the WTCC so far with a third and a fourth in the two races at Circuito Termas de Río Hondo.