Monza, FP2 : Yvan Muller leads Chevrolet domination

Five Cruze in the top 5


23 March 2013 - 13:00
Monza, FP2 : Yvan Muller leads (...)

After setting the fastest time in the first Free Practice session this morning, Yvan Muller repeated the feat in the second session, shaving just over half a second off his earlier time to lap the Monza circuit in 1:57.504.

Chevrolet Cruze cars set all of the top five lap times, with Britons Alex MacDowall (1:58.293)second fastest and Tom Chilton (1:58.474) third.
Behind James Nash (1:58.506) and Michel Nykjær (1:58.685), the best non-Chevrolet was the sixth-placed Castrol Honda Civic of Gabriele Tarquini (1:58.819), while the reigning World Champion Rob Huff – making his debut in a Münnich Motorsport SEAT León – was seventh fastest with a time of 1:58.980. With ninth-fastest James Thompson’s LADA Granta lapping Monza in 1:59.119, there were four different manufacturers covered by a little over one and a half seconds.

The chicane at Turn 1 again caught out a number of drivers, with Darryl O’Young spinning there on Lap 9 and Tom Boardman out-braking himself and taking to the escape road late in the session. The Ascari chicane at Turn 4 also saw the SEAT of Marc Basseng spin before the German driver resumed.

The two-stage Qualifying session begins at 15.00 CET, with tomorrow’s two races due to start at 15.05 and 17.20.

Pos. Driver Car Timelap
1 Yvan MULLER Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:57.504
2 Alex MACDOWALL Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:58.293
3 Tom CHILTON Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:58.474
4 James NASH Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:58.506
5 Michel NYKJAER Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:58.685
6 Gabriele TARQUINI Honda Civic 1:58.819
7 Rob HUFF SEAT Leon WTCC 1:58.980
8 Pepe ORIOLA SEAT Leon WTCC 1:59.049
9 James THOMPSON Lada Granta 1:59.119
10 Fernando MONJE SEAT Leon WTCC 1:59.276
11 Tom CORONEL BMW 320 TC 1:59.369
12 Tiago MONTEIRO Honda Civic 1:59.407
13 Norbert MICHELISZ Honda Civic 1:59.501
14 Tom BOARDMAN SEAT Leon WTCC 1:59.746
15 Darryl O’YOUNG BMW 320 TC 1:59.831
16 Jean-Philippe DAYRAUT BMW 320 TC 1:59.857
17 Marc BASSENG SEAT Leon WTCC 1:59.861
18 Stefano D’ASTE BMW 320 TC 2:00.211
19 Franz ENGSTLER BMW 320 TC 2:00.264
20 Mehdi BENNANI BMW 320 TC 2:00.509
21 Fredy BARTH BMW 320 TC 2:00.517
22 Aleksei DUDUKALO Lada Granta 2:00.539
23 René MUNNICH SEAT Leon WTCC 2:01.723
24 Charles NG BMW 320 TC 2:02.195



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