Volvo’s Nicky Catsburg broke the World Touring Car Championship lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in the second practice session for the 2017’s fourth round.
The Dutchman set his 8m34.813s after the chequered flag fell, the time more than half-a-second faster than Jose Maria Lopez’s 2016 WTCC qualifying record.
That lap demoted demoted Honda’s Norbert Michelisz, who had only just gone fastest with a 8m37.201s lap to bump the Munnich Citroen of Rob Huff from top spot.
Huff had been on top of the timesheets for most of the second half of the session, after Catsburg set the early pace.
Behind Catsburg, Michelisz and Huff – all of whom have now led a session ahead of qualifying on Friday – was Volvo’s Thed Bjork in fourth, with Esteban Guerrieri fifth in the Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze.
Championship leader Tiago Monteiro was a conservative sixth from Sebastien Loeb Racing’s Tom Chilton seventh, who set his time on old tyres.
Nestor Girolami was eighth fastest in the third Volvo ahead of Tom Coronel’s Chevrolet, with the SLR Citroen of Mehdi Bennani completing the top 10.
Unlike Thursday’s running, there were no signs of punctures during the 60-minute session, with traffic the only drama as a number of the WTCC drivers got caught behind TCR-specification ETCC cars on fast laps.
|1||Nicky Catsburg||Polestar Cyan Racing||Volvo||8m34.813s||–||3|
|2||Norbert Michelisz||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda||8m37.201s||2.388s||2|
|3||Rob Huff||Munnich Motorsport||Citroen||8m39.328s||4.515s||3|
|4||Thed Bjork||Polestar Cyan Racing||Volvo||8m41.396s||6.583s||2|
|5||Esteban Guerrieri||Campos Racing||Chevrolet||8m42.232s||7.419s||3|
|6||Tiago Monteiro||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda||8m42.586s||7.773s||2|
|7||Tom Chilton||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Citroen||8m42.855s||8.042s||3|
|8||Nestor Girolami||Polestar Cyan Racing||Volvo||8m44.705s||9.892s||3|
|9||Tom Coronel||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet||8m44.841s||10.028s||4|
|10||Mehdi Bennani||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Citroen||8m45.322s||10.509s||3|
|11||John Filippi||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Citroen||8m45.671s||10.858s||4|
|12||Kevin Gleason||RC Motorsport||Lada||8m48.987s||14.174s||4|
|13||Ryo Michigami||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda||8m49.506s||14.693s||2|
|14||Daniel Nagy||Zengo Motorsport||Honda||8m54.326s||19.513s||3|
|15||Aurelien Panis||Zengo Motorsport||Honda||8m55.079s||20.266s||3|
|16||Yann Ehrlacher||RC Motorsport||Lada||9m14.620s||39.807s||2|