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WTCR Hungaroring: Norbert Michelisz sets the pace during practice

Norbert Michelisz Hyundai WTCR Hungary 2018

Norbert Michelisz was fastest in practice for the Hungarian round of the World Touring Car Cup, setting a new fastest lap of the Hungaroring in TCR machinery.

BRC Racing driver Michelisz set the quickest time in the opening practice session in his Hyundai i30 N, with the similar YMR car of Yvan Muller on top later in the morning.

Michelisz set his stall out early in the opening practice session, recording a fastest time of 1m52.657s that bettered his own qualifying lap record from last year.

The home favourite set another time that would have been good enough for top spot - a 1m53.014s - but his ultimate best still left him 0.544 seconds clear of the second-place YMR Hyundai of Thed Bjork.

Esteban Guerrieri headed a Munnich Motorsport Honda 3-4 in first practice, lapping five thousandths slower than Bjork. James Thompson, who admitted he is still struggling for consistency with the gearbox on his Honda Civic, was fourth and half a tenth slower than team-mate Guerrieri.

Wildcard entrant Daniel Nagy ended FP1 fifth in his Hyundai run by Michelisz's M1RA team, with the third and fourth regular Hyundais of FP2 pacesetter Muller and Gabriele Tarquini next up in sixth and seventh respectively.

Yvan Muller Hyundai WTCR Hungaroring 2018

Muller had to have his right-hand door taped up during the second session, but returned to the track and ended FP2 fastest - half a tenth slower than Michelisz's earlier benchmark - eclipsing team-mate Bjork in the final moments of the session by 0.083s.

Michelisz completed a Hyundai 1-2-3 in that session, lapping four tenths slower than Muller, while Yann Ehrlacher ended FP2 as the fastest of the Honda contingent a further 0.044s back.

Sixth was the Volkswagen Golf GTi of Rob Huff, who was the early pacesetter, ahead of the impressive Nagy and Thompson.

Aurelien Comte was the busiest man in practice, completing 27 laps across the two practice sessions in his Peugeot 308TCR. He ended both sessions in eighth, beating Gabriele Tarquini in the second session.

The second Hungaroring wildcard entry of Attila Tassi completed the top 10 in FP2 and was 1.081s off the pace, having finished the morning's opening session in 25th.

Gordon Shedden could only manage the 26th and 24th fastest times in the respective practice sessions, while WRT Audi team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay had a number of laps chalked off for exceeding track limits in FP2 and was slowest of those to complete a representative lap in 26th.

FP1 results

1Norbert MicheliszBRC Racing TeamHyundai1m52.657s13
2Thed BjorkYMRHyundai0.544s11
3Esteban GuerrieriMunnich MotorsportHonda0.549s11
4James ThompsonMunnich MotorsportHonda0.596s11
5Daniel NagyM1RAHyundai0.598s13
6Yvan MullerYMRHyundai0.638s10
7Gabriele TarquiniBRC Racing TeamHyundai0.702s12
8Aurelien ComteDG Sport CompetitionPeugeot0.939s14
9Yann EhrlacherMunnich MotorsportHonda1.212s12
10Mehdi BennaniSebastien Loeb RacingVolkswagen1.216s10
11Benjamin LessennesBoutsen Ginion RacingHonda1.243s12
12Aurelien PanisComtoyou RacingAudi1.361s12
13Rob HuffSebastien Loeb RacingVolkswagen1.487s12
14Mat'o HomolaDG Sport CompetitionPeugeot1.530s13
15Jean-Karl VernayWRTAudi1.627s10
16Tom CoronelBoutsen Ginion RacingHonda1.805s12
17Gianni MorbidelliTeam MulsanneAlfa Romeo1.853s10
18Pepe OriolaCampos RacingCupra1.936s11
19Norbert NagyZengo MotorsportCupra1.938s12
20Nathanael BerthonComtoyou RacingAudi2.142s9
21Frederic VervischComtoyou RacingAudi2.151s13
22Zsolt SzaboZengo MotorsportCupra2.232s10
23John FilippiCampos RacingCupra2.244s12
24Fabrizio GiovanardiTeam MulsanneAlfa Romeo2.370s8
25Attila TassiKCMGHonda2.463s12
26Gordon SheddenWRTAudi2.658s13
27Denis DupontComtoyou RacingAudi2.928s7

FP2 results

1Yvan MullerYMRHyundai1m52.707s11
2Thed BjorkYMRHyundai0.083s11
3Norbert MicheliszBRC Racing TeamHyundai0.423s12
4Yann EhrlacherMunnich MotorsportHonda0.467s11
5Rob HuffSebastien Loeb RacingVolkswagen0.498s11
6Daniel NagyM1RAHyundai0.532s13
7James ThompsonMunnich MotorsportHonda0.701s8
8Aurelien ComteDG Sport CompetitionPeugeot0.782s13
9Gabriele TarquiniBRC Racing TeamHyundai0.815s12
10Attila TassiKCMGHonda1.081s12
11Gianni MorbidelliTeam MulsanneAlfa Romeo1.292s10
12Nathanael BerthonComtoyou RacingAudi1.316s12
13Norbert NagyZengo MotorsportCupra1.383s11
14Mehdi BennaniSebastien Loeb RacingVolkswagen1.421s11
15John FilippiCampos RacingCupra1.483s10
16Aurelien PanisComtoyou RacingAudi1.549s12
17Benjamin LessennesBoutsen Ginion RacingHonda1.640s12
18Fabrizio GiovanardiTeam MulsanneAlfa Romeo1.886s11
19Tom CoronelBoutsen Ginion RacingHonda2.191s11
20Zsolt SzaboZengo MotorsportCupra2.239s13
21Pepe OriolaCampos RacingCupra2.306s7
22Denis DupontComtoyou RacingAudi2.345s12
23Mat'o HomolaDG Sport CompetitionPeugeot2.625s4
24Gordon SheddenWRTAudi2.854s12
25Frederic VervischComtoyou RacingAudi3.114s12
26Jean-Karl VernayWRTAudi3.165s10
27Esteban GuerrieriMunnich MotorsportHonda7.326s10

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