Brno: Menu tops Practice 1 for Chevrolet
Best time ahead of Tarquini and Huff
The FIA World Touring Car Championship took to Brno’s Automotodrom for the first time this weekend with Alain Menu (2:11.500) leading the way for Chevrolet in the first free practice.
Menu led for the majority of the 30-minute session ending the morning 0.2s ahead of reigning world champion Gabriele Tarquini (2:11.708) and teammate Rob Huff (2:11.866).
Colin Turkington (2:12.053) put in another strong performance in his eBay Motors BMW 320si finishing top independent in fourth. SR-Sport’s Jordi Gené (2:12.060) was fifth ahead of BMW Team RBM’s Andy Priaulx (2:12.127) who is looking for a strong result at the place where he scored his first victory for BMW in the European Touring Car Championship back in 2003.
Norbert Michelisz (2:12.284) continued his impressive showing off the back of a run of rookie victories, finishing top in the Rookie Challenge, seventh overall.
Stefano D’Aste (2:12.293) lost the back end of his BMW 320si at T4 spinning across the track while Morocco’s Mehdi Bennani (2:14.558) narrowly missed hitting the barrier after losing the back end and running into the gravel at T12. Both recovered to finish the session eighth and 20th respectively.
Augusto Farfus (2:12.301) was ninth ahead of 2009 Brno Race 2 winner Sergio Hernández (2:12.307) who also had a spin running wide at T9 but recovering in his BMW 320si.
|01||A. Menu||Chevrolet Cruze||2m11.500s|
|02||G. Tarquini||Seat Leon TDI||2m11.708s||+0.208s|
|03||R. Huff||Chevrolet Cruze||2m11.866s||+0.366s|
|04||C. Turkington||BMW 320si||2m12.053s||+0.553s|
|05||J. Gene||Seat Leon TDI||2m12.060s||+0.560s|
|06||A. Priaulx||BMW 320si||2m12.127s||+0.627s|
|07||N. Michelisz||Seat Leon TDI||2m12.284s||+0.784s|
|08||S. D’Aste||BMW 320si||2m12.293s||+0.793s|
|09||A. Farfus||BMW 320si||2m12.301s||+0.801s|
|10||S. Hernandez||BMW 320si||2m12.307s||+0.807s|
|11||T. Monteiro||Seat Leon TDI||2m12.465s||+0.965s|
|12||D. O’Young||Chevrolet Lacetti||2m12.541s||+1.041s|
|13||M. Nykjaer||Seat Leon TDI||2m12.568s||+1.068s|
|14||T. Coronel||Seat Leon TDI||2m12.675s||+1.175s|
|15||F. Engstler||BMW 320si||2m12.720s||+1.220s|
|16||Y. Muller||Chevrolet Cruze||2m13.010s||+1.510s|
|17||K. Poulsen||BMW 320si||2m13.301s||+1.801s|
|18||F. Barth||Seat Leon TDI||2m13.568s||+2.068s|
|19||H. Vaulkhard||Chevrolet Lacetti||2m13.613s||+2.113s|
|20||M. Bennani||BMW 320si||2m14.558s||+3.058s|
|21||A. Romanov||BMW 320si||2m15.500s||+4.000s|
|22||F. Fabiani||BMW 320si||2m18.229s||+6.729s|
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