Huff dominates a shortened test in Porto
"I really love street circuits!"
Rob Huff dominated the test session on Porto’s Circuito da Boavista. The Briton and his Chevrolet Cruze car emerged as the fastest from the very beginning, improving four times the fastest lap and eventually posting a 2:09.026 that no one was able to match.
Huff’s team-mates Alain Menu and Yvan Muller were second and third fastest with laps of 2:09.667 and 2.09.758 respectively. All the other competitors remained above the 2:10 mark.
Norbert Michelisz was the best of the rest, posting the fourth fastest lap of 2:10.576 just ahead of WTCC comebacker Stefano D’Aste (2:10.814) and an impressive Mehdi Bennani (2:10.969).
With Tom Coronel in seventh, Pepe Oriola was the fastest of the SUNRED drivers, posting the eighth fastest lap of 2:11.950. His team mate Gabriele Tarquini was not able to clock any lap times because on some technical issues. “It looks like a fuel feeding problem,” he explained.
The drivers had a very cautious approach during this first session and no major incidents were reported. However, the session was red flagged (and not resumed) with four minutes on the clock, when Robert Dahlgren’s Volvo C30 hit the barriers at Turn 2 and stopped on the track.
Huff commented: “I really love street circuits! I managed to build up consistently, looking for the grip when I needed it. The car’s balance was fantastic, perfect for this track!”
|01||R. Huff||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||2:09.026|
|02||A. Menu||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||2:09.667||+0.641s|
|03||Y. Muller||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||2:09.758||+0.732s|
|04||N. Michelisz||BMW 320 TC||2:10.576||+1.550s|
|05||S. D’Aste||BMW 320 TC||2:10.814||+1.788s|
|06||M. Bennani||BMW 320 TC||2:10.969||+1.943s|
|07||T. Coronel||BMW 320 TC||2:10.997||+1.971s|
|08||P. Oriola||SR Leon 1.6T||2:11.950||+2.924s|
|09||R. Dahlgren||Volvo C30||2:12.277||+3.251s|
|10||M. Nykjaer||SR Leon 1.6T||2:12.303||+3.277s|
|11||J. Villa||BMW 320 TC||2:12.310||+3.284s|
|12||D. O’Young||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||2:12.346||+3.320s|
|13||F. Barth||SR Leon 1.6T||2:12.369||+3.343s|
|14||A. Dudukalo||Seat Leon 2.0 TDI||2:12.598||+3.572s|
|15||K. Poulsen||BMW 320 TC||2:13.038||+4.012s|
|16||T. Monteiro||Seat Leon 2.0 TDI||2:14.077||+5.051s|
|17||F. Engstler||BMW 320 TC||2:14.424||+5.398s|
|18||Y. Taniguchi||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||2:16.690||+7.664s|
|19||G. Tarquini||Seat Leon 2.0 TDI||—||—|
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