BMW has maintained its form in the opening round of the 2010 FIA World Touring Car Championship at Curitiba, with local driver Augusto Farfus heading the timesheets once again after setting the pace in the open test session held the day before.
The top-five cars – the BMWs of Farfus and team-mate Andy Priaulx, the Chevrolets of Alain Menu and Robert Huff, and surprisingly the SEAT of Norbert Michelisz – were covered by a margin of just 0.4s for the majority of the half-hour session.
The final five minutes saw Priaulx and Farfus improve their times, with the local hero taking the honours by a miniscule margin of just 0.012s.
Defending champion Gabriele Tarquini hauled his SEAT León to sixth-quickest in spite of having managed just four laps in the session.
After his troubles yesterday, Jordi Gené improved to seventh-fastest, ahead of Yvan Muller’s Chevrolet and the SR SEATs of Tiago Monteiro and Tom Coronel.
Hong Kong’s Darryl O’Young was the fastest of the Independent Trophy drivers.
Scuderia Proteam’s Sergio Hernández slid into the Turn 8 wall and ended the session in 16th place overall.
Rookie driver Harry Vaulkhard brought the session to an end when his Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Lacetti hit the tyre wall and he spun back onto the circuit.
2010 Round 1 & 2 Free Practice 1 Session Times:
|1.||Augusto Farfus||RBM Team BMW 320si||1:24.578|
|2.||Andy Priaulx||RBM Team BMW 320si||1:24.590|
|3.||Robert Huff||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||1:24.769|
|4.||Alain Menu||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||1:24.783|
|5.||Norbert Michelisz||Zengö-Denison SEAT León TDI||1:24.893|
|6.||Gabriele Tarquini||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:25.016|
|7.||Jordi Gené||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:25.041|
|8.||Yvan Muller||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||1:25.116|
|9.||Tiago Monteiro||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:25.156|
|10.||Tom Coronel||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:25.303|
|11.||Michel Nykjær||SUNRED SEAT León TDI||1:25.737|
|12.||Darryl O’Young (I)||Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti||1:25.797|
|13.||Fredy Barth||SUNRED SEAT León TDI||1:25.991|
|14.||Mehdi Bennani (I)||Wiechers Sport BMW 320si||1:26.000|
|15.||Franz Engstler (I)||Team Engstler BMW 320si||1:26.231|
|16.||Sergio Hernández (I)||Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si||1:26.298|
|17.||Stefano D’Aste (I)||Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si||1:26.362|
|18.||Harry Vaulkhard (I)||Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti||1:26.517|
|19.||Andrei Romanov (I)||Team Engstler BMW 320si||1:28.320|
(I) – denotes Independent Trophy driver
[Image via FIA WTCC website]