Sonoma, FP2: Tarquini’s Seat is fastest
Norbert Michelisz was the best of the BMW drivers
Gabriele Tarquini’s SEAT emerged as the fastest car in the second practice, a session that saw the León cars (both SEAT and Sunred) consistently among the top positions, proving that they can fight with Chevrolet on equal footing.
After Yvan Muller (1:47.501) and Tarquini (1:47.422) had set the pace in the opening minutes, Fernando Monje jumped on top with an impressive lap of 1:47.224 that eventually placed him eighth.
A few other drivers alternated in the lead as the session went on: Alain Menu (1:47.210), Aleksei Dudukalo (1:47.136) and Tom Boardman (1:46.885). Then, in the last part of the session, Tarquini completed a lap of 1:46.457 that was going to stay the fastest until the end.
Muller improved to 1:46.852 and moved up to second, while Tiago Monteiro claimed third place with a lap of 1:46.881. Boardman retained a brilliant fourth place, ahead of Rob Huff (1:46.987), Menu (1:47.080), Dudukalo and Monje. The two Ford cars of James Nash (1:47.308) and Tom Chilton (1:47.369) rounded off the top ten.
Norbert Michelisz was the best of the BMW drivers in 12th position. The German cars struggled to find the grip and a few drivers – Stefano D’Aste, Alberto Cerqui, Franz Engstler and Tom Coronel – all spun at Turn 2.
|1||Gabriele TARQUINI||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:46.457|
|2||Yvan MULLER||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:46.743|
|3||Tiago MONTEIRO||SR Leon 1.6T||1:46.881|
|4||Tom BOARDMAN||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:46.885|
|5||Robert HUFF||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:46.987|
|6||Alain MENU||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:47.080|
|7||Aleksei DUDUKALO||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:47.136|
|8||Fernando MONJE||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:47.224|
|9||James NASH||Ford Focus S2000 TC||1:47.308|
|10||Tom CHILTON||Ford Focus S2000 TC||1:47.369|
|11||Darryl O’YOUNG||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:47.493|
|12||Norbert MICHELISZ||BMW 320 TC||1:47.495|
|13||Pepe ORIOLA||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:47.593|
|14||Franz ENGSTLER||BMW 320 TC||1:47.828|
|15||Tom CORONEL||BMW 320 TC||1:48.089|
|16||Alberto CERQUI||BMW 320 TC||1:48.471|
|17||Alex MACDOWALL||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:48.592|
|18||Mehdi BENNANI||BMW 320 TC||1:48.674|
|19||Charles NG||BMW 320 TC||1:48.967|
|20||Stefano D’ASTE||BMW 320 TC||1:48.972|
|21||Robb HOLLAND||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:49.712|
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