WTCC 2013 Test, Honda On Top |


Published on September 7th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


WTCC 2013 Test, Honda On Top

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Tiago Monteiro put Honda at the top of the timesheets in World Touring Car Championship testing at Sonoma last Friday. The 37-year-old set a benchmark 1m 46.300s in the closing minutes to finally lockout a top spot that had traded hands several times over the 30-minute session. Monteiro’s Honda stablemates Gabriele Tarquini and Norbert Michelisz also enjoyed spells at the top, but were bumped down to fifth and eighth respectively at the flag. SEAT’s defending champion Rob Huff was second overall, missing out on top spot by just over one tenth of a second.

“It’s always good to start a weekend like this, obviously, but it’s just a test,” Monteiro said.

“The track is very slippery; there’s not a lot of grip and so that causes us problems. We managed it OK, but we need to keep working hard.”

Chevrolet locked out third and fourth through Pepe Oriola and Tom Chilton, both of whom were more than 0.3s down on Monteiro. Champion-elect Yvan Muller – who can mathematically seal a fourth WTCC crown this weekend – was seventh, fractions behind the lead BMW of Tom Coronel. Lada’s James Thompson meanwhile missed much of the session after his front-left suspension failed just as he began a lap.

Pos Driver               Team                 Time      Gap        Laps

1. Tiago Monteiro       Honda                1m46.300s            13

2. Rob Huff             Munnich SEAT         1m46.432s  +0.132s   11

3. Pepe Oriola          Tuenti SEAT          1m46.691s  +0.391s   10

4. Tom Chilton          RML Chevrolet        1m46.829s  +0.529s   13

5. Gabriele Tarquini    Honda                1m46.840s  +0.540s   12

6. Tom Coronel          ROAL BMW             1m46.900s  +0.600s   14

7. Yvan Muller          RML Chevrolet        1m46.936s  +0.636s   12

8. Norbert Michelisz    Zengo Honda          1m47.169s  +0.869s   12

9. Mehdi Bennani        Proteam BMW          1m47.269s  +0.969s   14

10. Darryl O’Young       ROAL BMW             1m47.508s  +1.208s   14


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