WTCC - Loeb and López top Le Castellet timesheets

Jose María López and Sébastien Loeb set the best lap times in Friday's test session at Le Castellet’s Circuit Paul Ricard.

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Norbert Michelisz

However, unlike what happened one week ago at Marrakech, there was not a trio of Citroën cars on top of the time sheet, because Yvan Muller was only placed in fifth behind Norbert Michelisz’ s Honda and Hugo Valente’s Chevrolet.

López was the first one to post a provisional fastest lap of 1:32.158, that Loeb improved to 1:31.365; eventually López jump on top again with his last lap of 1:31.227.

"It was a good session, mainly devoted to start setting-up the car," said López. "No major hiccups, although it is not easy to find the perfect balance on this track, which has quite a mix of slow and fast sections. It is just the beginning of the weekend, so we’ll continue working."

Most of the other drivers improved they times in the second half of the session, Michelisz climbed to a provisional second place (1:32.135), followed by Valente in third (1:32.158) until López dropped them by one place.

Gianni Morbidelli posted the sixth fastest lap, with Tiago Monteiro, Tom Chilton, Dušan Borković and Gabriele Tarquini rounding off the top ten.

The three LADA cars of Rob Huff, James Thompson and Mikhail Kozlovskiy closed the group of the TC1 cars, while Franz Engstler topped the TC2T class.

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