Valencia, FP1: Muller and Huff on top
The Chevrolet duo set the fastest times
Yvan Muller and Rob Huff were in a league of their own during the first practice session at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo this morning.
The Chevrolet duo set the fastest times – 1:43.049 for the French, 1:43.145 for his English team-mate – leaving the rest of the field more than half-a-second behind.
Alain Menu completed a Chevrolet 1-2-3 by setting the third fastest lap of 1:43.693 and edged the best SEAT drivers by a few hundredths: Pepe Oriola in fourth (1:43.720) and Gabriele Tarquini in fifth (1:43.798).
Tom Coronel emerged as the best of the BMW patrol and was classified sixth (1:43.983) ahead of Norbert Michelisz (1:44.062) and Alberto Cerqui (1:44.080).
Tiago Monteiro’s SUNRED León (1:44.626) and Alexsei Dudukalo’s SEAT León (1:44.691) rounded up the top ten.
Team Aon’s Ford Focus cars struggled to stay on the pace; eventually James Nash and Tom Chilton ranked 15th and 16th, two seconds off Muller’s fastest lap.
A few drivers had moments in this first session. Tarquini, Charles Ng and Stefano D’Aste drove wide on the grass, Isaac Tutumlu spun at Turn 5, Coronel went straight at Turn 8 and rejoined by the shortcut, and Franz Engstler was fighting against his oversteering car.
|1||Yvan MULLER||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:43.049|
|2||Robert HUFF||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:43.145|
|3||Alain MENU||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:43.693|
|4||Pepe ORIOLA||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:43.720|
|5||Gabriele TARQUINI||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:43.798|
|6||Tom CORONEL||BMW 320 TC||1:43.983|
|7||Norbert MICHELISZ||BMW 320 TC||1:44.062|
|8||Alberto CERQUI||BMW 320 TC||1:44.080|
|9||Tiago MONTEIRO||SR Leon 1.6T||1:44.626|
|10||Aleksei DUDUKALO||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:44.691|
|11||Darryl O’YOUNG||SEAT Leon WTCC||1:44.793|
|12||Franz ENGSTLER||BMW 320 TC||1:44.921|
|13||Fernando MONJE||SR Leon 1.6T||1:44.952|
|14||Tom BOARDMAN||SEAT Leon TDi||1:45.032|
|15||James NASH||Ford Focus S2000 TC||1:45.081|
|16||Tom CHILTON||Ford Focus S2000 TC||1:45.129|
|17||Stefano D’ASTE||BMW 320 TC||1:45.194|
|18||Gabor WEBER||BMW 320 TC||1:45.287|
|19||Pasquale DI SABATINO||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:45.481|
|20||Alex MACDOWALL||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:45.517|
|21||Mehdi BENNANI||BMW 320 TC||1:45.688|
|22||Charles NG||BMW 320 TC||1:45.908|
|23||Isaac TUTUMLU||BMW 320 TC||1:46.318|
|24||Andrea BARLESI||SEAT Leon TDi||1:47.123|
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