With conditions marginally improving Rob Huff and the RML squad picked up in the second WTCC practice session at Donington Park almost exactly where they left off at then end of the first session.
It took Huff less than ten minutes to dip below his practice one time, leading the normal trio of Chevrolet's at the top of the time sheet. This second session – be it because of a drying track, or the additional track time – however, was a far closer affair than the first with half a dozen or so cars frequently split by less than a second at the top of the times.
The decreased margins also allowed other drivers to intrude on the private Chevrolet battle for the fastest time. Pepe Oriola put his SUNRED Leon second behind Huff, later in the session Gabriele Tarquini moved into second, bouncing back from his anonymous and disappointing performance in the earlier session.
But the session belonged to Huff, and the Cambridgeshire driver continually lowered his time, eventually breaking the 1:50 barrier around the 4km track. No sooner had Huff breached the barrier with a 1:49.601 than Tarquini followed him, with a time less that two-tenths slower.
A flurry of late improvements moved Huff onto a 1:49.513, with Tarquini even closer than before (1:49.594). Yvan Muller was the third and final man to lap below 1:50, with Robert Dahlgren the other side of the divide in fourth.
“Wet,” Huff summed up the morning's conditions. “Very, very wet and slippery, very greasy, obviously here's always a nightmare in the rain because of the aviation gas that gets laid down by the planes. But the car's balance was very good, I was really pleased.”
“We seem to have a nice balance of understeer and oversteer and the car seems to respond well to changes. The session was getting dryer and dryer so it was getting quicker and quicker but we were quickest at the beginning and quickest at the end and that's what counts.”
“It's a little bit heavier than I would like it to be but that what you get for winning 11 out of 12 races,” he joked, asked about any further changes to the car before qualifying, “but I'm confident wet of dry that we'll be up the front somewhere.”
Oriola remained the best of the Yokahama trophy runners, by a fraction of a second from Fredy Barth. Proteam Racing driver Javier Villa was the best of the assembled BMWs in tenth, Colin Turkington's track time limited to just a handful of laps, seemingly by a technical issue.