Lopez fastest in both free practices in Qatar.
Jose Maria Lopez was the fastest in both free practices for World Touring Car Championship Race of Qatar.
After being fastest in testing held on Thursday afternoon, Argentinian ace continued his domination in the evening. During FP1, double champion set lap time 2:02.453, leaving Mehdi Bennani on second and Sebastien Loeb on third place, while Stefano D’Aste made a little surprise as he had fourth best result.
During another 30 minutes in FP2, Citroen driver again was unbeatable. This time, Lopez needed 2:01.859 to complete a 5.38-kilometer lap at Losail International Circuit. Pair of Chevrolets with Hugo Valente and Gregoire Demoustier was behind champion in this session, with Sebastien Loeb on fourth and another Chevrolet with John Filippi on fifth place.
Both sessions weren’t brilliant for Honda and Lada drivers. Gabriele Tarquini on fifth was best place Honda driver in FP1, while Norbert Michelisz on 13th place was the best in FP2. Nick Catsburg was the leading Lada driver in both sessions. In FP1 he was eighth, while in the second session he was 10th.