Monza - FP1: Huff pace setter in the first practice
Three Chevrolets in the top four places
Chevrolet’s Robert Huff set the fastest time in this morning’s thirty-minute Free Practice session. His lap time of 1:58.679 was just under quarter of a second quicker than the SEAT León of Gabriele Tarquini (1:58.920) with the two Chevrolet Cruze cars of Yvan Muller (1:59.228) and Alain Menu (1:59.229) separated by only one one-thousandth of a second.
With three Chevrolets in the top four places, predictions that the team would extend its record of thirteen consecutive pole positions look to be accurate. The only driver to threaten that record appears to be Tarquini, whose SEAT is equipped with the new 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine. The fact that only he and Huff broke the 1:59.000 mark underlines the Italian driver’s positive comments about the engine’s early potential.
Fastest of the Yokohama Trophy competitors and fifth overall was Norbert Michelisz in a BMW 320 TC (1:59.565) while Tiago Monteiro (1:59.693) and Rickard Rydell (1:59.795) were sixth and seventh fastest respectively. The top ten was completed by Pepe Oriola’s SEAT León (1:59.866), Franz Engstler’s BMW 320 TC (2:00.05) and the Ford Focus of James Nash (2:00.195) which is making its first appearance in the WTCC this weekend.
The second Free Practice session starts at 10.45 local time, with Qualifying at 14.30.
|1||Robert HUFF||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:58.679|
|2||Gabriele TARQUINI||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:58.920|
|3||Yvan MULLER||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:59.228|
|4||Alain MENU||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:59.229|
|5||Norbert MICHELISZ||BMW 320 TC||1:59.565|
|6||Tiago MONTEIRO||SEAT Leon TDi||1:59.693|
|7||Rickard RYDELL||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:59.795|
|8||Pepe ORIOLA||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:59.866|
|9||Franz ENGSTLER||BMW 320 TC||2:00.065|
|10||James NASH||Ford Focus S2000 TC||2:00.195|
|11||Alex MACDOWALL||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||2:00.403|
|12||Tom CORONEL||BMW 320 TC||2:00.432|
|13||Gabor WEBER||BMW 320 TC||2:00.495|
|14||Stefano D’ASTE||BMW 320 TC||2:00.541|
|15||Alberto CERQUI||BMW 320 TC||2:00.803|
|16||Darryl O’YOUNG||SEAT Leon WTCC||2:00.878|
|17||Andrea BARLESI||SEAT Leon TDi||2:00.952|
|18||Tom CHILTON||Ford Focus S2000 TC||2:01.062|
|19||Mehdi BENNANI||BMW 320 TC||2:01.065|
|20||Charles NG||BMW 320 TC||2:01.100|
|21||Aleksei DUDUKALO||SEAT Leon WTCC||2:01.410|
|22||Pasquale DI SABATINO||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||2:02.052|
|23||Isaac TUTUMLU||BMW 320 TC||2:02.358|
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