SEATs PortimaoNo doubt looking for redemption after a point-less weekend at Zolder – where he was disqualified from victory in the opening race – Jordi Gené headed the timesheets in the opening practice session, which was dominated by the SEAT squad.

August Farfus restored BMW pride by heading the timesheets in the second free practice session.

But the closeness at the top of the order between SEAT, BMW and Chevrolet gives indication that this will be another closely fought weekend between the three marques.

Gené’s opening session best of 1:56.232 provied to be half a second faster than Farfus’ fastest time in the later session – the Brazilian’s pace across the two sessions was particularly consistent, and enough to see what would have been a tenth-placed session 1 time being quick enough for a first place in the second session.

Of interest was that neither Gené nor Fredy Barth, who headed the opening session, were able to crack into the top-ten in the afternoon’s running.

Qualifying is scheduled for later today, and a full report will follow…

 

2010 WTCC Round 5 Portimao 1st Practice Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Jordi Gené SR Sport SEAT León TDI 1:56.232 10
2. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 0.127 14
3. Tiago Monteiro POR SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.338 12
4. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 0.380 10
5. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.441 11
6. Gabriele Tarquini SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.451 12
7. Andy Priaulx RBM Team BMW 320si + 0.599 14
8. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI + 0.674 13
9. Colin Turkington (I) eBay Motors BMW 320si + 0.716 12
10. Augusto Farfus RBM Team BMW 320si + 0.840 14
11. Robert Huff RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.965 11
12. Alain Menu RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 1.011 11
13. Tom Coronel NED SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 1.033 12
14. Darryl O’Young (I) CHN Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 1.254 14
15. Sergio Hernández (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1.410 14
16. Harry Vaulkhard (I) Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 1.511 14
17. Kristian Poulsen (I) DEN Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si + 1.909 14
18. Stefano D’Aste (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1.924 15
19. Franz Engstler (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 2.200 10
20. Mehdi Bennani (I) MOR Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 2.288 15
21. Andrei Romanov (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 4.488 14

 

2010 WTCC Round 5 Portimao 2nd Practice Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Augusto Farfus RBM Team BMW 320si 1:56.765 13
2. Tom Coronel NED SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.160 13
3. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 0.173 13
4. Robert Huff RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.214 12
5. Tiago Monteiro POR SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.283 13
6. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.349 12
7. Alain Menu RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.393 11
8. Gabriele Tarquini SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.397 15
9. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI + 0.495 10
10. Colin Turkington (I) eBay Motors BMW 320si + 0.561 15
11. Andy Priaulx RBM Team BMW 320si + 0.578 12
12. Harry Vaulkhard (I) Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 0.581 10
13. Darryl O’Young (I) CHN Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 0.654 11
14. Jordi Gené SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.726 12
15. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 0.804 12
16. Kristian Poulsen (I) DEN Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si + 0.981 10
17. Mehdi Bennani (I) MOR Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 1.119 14
18. Sergio Hernández (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1.217 9
19. Franz Engstler (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 2.098 5
20. Stefano D’Aste (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 2.390 15
21. Andrei Romanov (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 2.526 14

[Original images via FIA WTCC official website]

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