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Suzuka - Dahlgren behind Menu in sunny warm-up

he session was halted by the red flag with just a few seconds left on the clock

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By Olivier Ferret

23 October 2011 - 02:12
Suzuka - Dahlgren behind Menu in (...)

The sun is shining in Suzuka for the race day, although some parts of the track were still damp during this morning’s warm up.

Pole sitter Alain Menu continued to rule and set the fastest lap of 53.828. However, Robert Dahlgren proved once again that he and his Volvo C30 have the pace to fight with the Chevrolet cars; the Swede clocked the second fastest time (54.005) less than two hundredths of a second behind Menu. Yvan Muller (54.229) ranked third, while Tom Coronel (54.264) placed himself in fourth ahead of Rob Huff (54.276).

Colin Turkington emerged as the best of the Yokohama Trophy, completing a lap in 54.458 that gave him the sixth position overall, with Gabriele Tarquini, Mehdi Bennani, Darryl O’Young and Toshihiro Arai rounding up the top ten.

A couple of drivers had moments skidding on damp stains: O’Young spun off at Turn 1, Charles Ng left part of his car’s splitter in a gravel trap.

The session was halted by the red flag with just a few seconds left on the clock, after Hiroki Yoshimoto beached his SUNRED car at Turn 8.

Only 23 drivers took part in the session, as the Stewards decided not to authorize Fabio Fabiani to race after he fell out of the 107% qualification maxima in yesterday’s qualifying.

Pos. Driver Car Time Gap
01 A. Menu Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 53.828
02 R. Dahlgren Volvo C30 54.005 +0.177s
03 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 54.229 +0.401s
04 T. Coronel BMW 320 TC 54.264 +0.436s
05 R. Huff Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 54.276 +0.448s
06 C. Turkington BMW 320 TC 54.458 +0.630s
07 G. Tarquini SR Leon 1.6T 54.466 +0.638s
08 M. Bennani BMW 320 TC 54.481 +0.653s
09 D. O’Young Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 54.492 +0.664s
10 T. Arai Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 54.494 +0.666s
11 K. Poulsen BMW 320 TC 54.494 +0.666s
12 J. Villa BMW 320 TC 54.544 +0.716s
13 N. Michelisz BMW 320 TC 54.563 +0.735s
14 M. Nykjaer SR Leon 1.6T 54.669 +0.841s
15 T. Monteiro SR Leon 1.6T 54.719 +0.891s
16 F. Barth SR Leon 1.6T 54.742 +0.914s
17 Y. Taniguchi Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 54.889 +1.061s
18 H. Yoshimoto SR Leon 1.6T 54.965 +1.137s
19 P. Oriola SR Leon 1.6T 54.977 +1.149s
20 F. Engstler BMW 320 TC 54.988 +1.160s
21 A. Dudukalo SR Leon 1.6T 55.038 +1.210s
22 M. Kano BMW 320 TC 55.796 +1.968s
23 C. Ng BMW 320 si 56.284 +2.456s
24 F. Fabiani BMW 320 si —.--- +-.---s
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