Macau, FP1 - Menu sets pace in the first session

Chevrolet drivers were in a league of their own

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By Olivier Ferret

18 November 2011 - 02:55
Macau, FP1 - Menu sets pace in the (...)

Chevrolet drivers were in a league of their own during this morning’s first practice session in Macau.

On a track that was still wet after it rained all night, WTCC racers had a very cautious approach. Since the first laps Alain Menu and Rob Huff emerged as the fastest of the pack.

The sequence of the best laps saw Huff posting a 2:50.643 at the very beginning; him and Menu swapped positions several times, improving significantly each time they crossed the finishing line, until the Swiss clocked the fastest lap for good at 2:44.858.

Yvan Muller’s 2:45.102 was good enough for second, while Huff ranked third with a lap of 2:45.349.

If the three Chevrolet cars were covered by only half-a-second, the rest of the field was far behind.

Tiago Monteiro was classified fourth with a lap of 2:47.349, 2.5 seconds off Huff’s best lap, while Fredy Barth (2:47.465) placed himself in fifth and on top of the Yokohama Trophy.

The only incident during the session happened at the very end, when Tom Coronel crashed at the last turn on the way to improve his lap time. However, the Dutchman was able to limp back to the pits with damage to the front left.

Pos. Driver Car Time Gap
01 A. Menu Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:44.858
02 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:45.102 +0.244s
03 R. Huff Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:45.349 +0.491s
04 T. Monteiro SR Leon 1.6T 2:47.422 +2.564s
05 F. Barth SR Leon 1.6T 2:47.465 +2.607s
06 G. Tarquini SR Leon 1.6T 2:47.682 +2.824s
07 M. Bennani BMW 320 TC 2:48.572 +3.714s
08 D. O’Young Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:48.626 +3.768s
09 F. Engstler BMW 320 TC 2:49.210 +4.352s
10 P. Oriola SR Leon 1.6T 2:49.295 +4.437s
11 T. Coronel BMW 320 TC 2:49.821 +4.963s
12 N. Michelisz BMW 320 TC 2:50.133 +5.275s
13 J. Villa BMW 320 TC 2:51.444 +6.586s
14 K. Poulsen BMW 320 TC 2:51.615 +6.757s
15 R. Dahlgren Volvo C30 2:51.741 +6.883s
16 A. Couto SR Leon 1.6T 2:52.355 +7.497s
17 M. Nykjaer SR Leon 1.6T 2:54.184 +9.326s
18 A. Dudukalo SR Leon 1.6T 2:55.035 +10.177s
19 F. Desouza Chevrolet Lacetti 2:59.992 +15.134s
20 J. Merszei BMW 320 si 3:00.411 +15.553s
21 C. Ng BMW 320 TC 3:02.630 +17.772s
22 G. Kwok BMW 320 TC 3:06.296 +21.438s
23 Mak Ka Lok BMW 320 si 3:07.204 +22.346s
24 P. Ma BMW 320 si 3:08.443 +23.585s

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