Practice 1: Chevrolet chase BMW
Augusto Farfus was fastest in the second free practice session setting the best time of the day so far – 1:33.864. His BMW Team Germany companion, Jörg Müller, was second fastest with a 1:34.198.
A pair of Chevrolets followed with Alain Menu (1:34.230) and Nicola Larini (1:34.263) setting the third and fourth best times. Andy Priaulx was fifth of the field with a 1:34.270 followed by Independent racer Tom Coronel who was the fastest at the wheel of a SEAT car. Robert Huff of Chevrolet set a 1:34.404 for seventh place and Rickard Rydell of SEAT sport rounded off the top eight with a time of 1:34.561. Jaap van Lagen was the fastest LADA driver and his time of 1:35.401 equated to 20th overall.
Stefano D’Aste of Wiechers-Sport was pushing the limits of his BMW 320si until he lost the car at Stirling’s Bend and finished in the gravel with nine minutes of the session remaining.
Practice 1: Farfus leads the field
The first free practice session highlighted Augusto Farfus as the fastest man of the field. The BMW Team Germany driver set a time of 1:34.071 which was 0.102 of a second better than Yvan Muller’s best lap and 0.122 quicker than Andy Priaulx’s offering.
The top eight featured Muller’s SEAT Sport team-mates, Gabriele Tarquini (fourth), Rickard Rydell (sixth) and Tiago Monterio (seventh). Alain Menu set the fifth fastest time of 1:34.286 at the wheel of his Chevrolet Cruze while Robert Dahlgren was eighth overall in his Volvo C30 with a lap in 1:34.548. The top fifteen drivers were within one second.
James Thompson, in the LADA Priora, set a 1:36.414 to place him 25th with team-mate Jaap van Lagen 22nd in the LADA 110 car.
Independent drivers Tom Coronel and Stefano D’Aste were exploring the track limits and went off into the gravel on separate occasions but re-joined unscathed. The fastest time from the Independent category was set by Norbert Michelisz who is the guest driver for SUNRED Engineering – the Hungarian was an impressive tenth overall. Fellow privateer Tom Boardman was an excellent 11th fastest.
– FIA WTCC