Local drivers Robert Huff and Colin Turkington (pictured left) have kicked off their home Turkington Brands Hatch appearances in the World Touring Car Championship by heading the timesheets in practice for this weekend’s event at Brands Hatch.

Chevrolet driver Huff held out against fellow Brit Andy Priaulx’s BMW by a fraction – just 0.047 seconds – at the end of the opening 30-minute practice session.

The pecking order in the opening session was particularly tight, with the top fourteen drivers covered by one second on the timing screens.

August Farfus wound up third-quickest in the sister RMB BMW, just 0.07 seconds faster than reigning champion Gabriele Tarquini, who brought the session to a premature end when he slid his SEAT into the gravel trap.

The other Chevrolets of Alain Menu and Yvan Muller wound up fifth- and sixth-fastest respectively, while Colin Turkington went seventh-fastest and the quickest of the independent runners.

Jordi Gené was the next-quickest of the SEAT runners, just ahead of Robert Dahlgren’s Volvo C30, making his first appearance of the season.

Fellow debutant – and another local driver – Tom Boardman went 13th quickest, while Carlos ‘Cacá’ Bueno wound up 19th in the fourth RML Chevrolet in his guest outing for the squad.

Nykjaer Brands Hatch The only major incident in the first session belonged to Michel Nykjær, who crashed at Paddock Hill Bend and caused a 10-minute pause to the session. Fortunately the Dane emerged uninjured, although the same could not be said about his car (pictured)

The second practice session produced more hometown joy – and a major upset for the Independents Trophy runners – when Colin Turkington blitzed the field to the tune of three-tenths of a second, finishing well up on the Chevrolet duo of Menu and Huff.

Tiago Monteiro improved to fourth-quickest overall, and rounding out the top-six were Muller and Tom Coronel.

Independent BMW driver Mehdi Bennani had his times disallowed for repeatedly exceeding the track limits, a technical term employed for grass-mowing and kerb-hopping.

 

2010 WTCC Round 6 Brands Hatch 1st Practice Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Robert Huff RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:33.761 10
2. Andy Priaulx RBM Team BMW 320si + 0.047 11
3. Augusto Farfus RBM Team BMW 320si + 0.141 13
4. Gabriele Tarquini SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.246 10
5. Alain Menu RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.371 9
6. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.371 9
7. Colin Turkington (I) eBay Motors BMW 320si + 0.422 16
8. Jordi Gené SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.490 9
9. Robert Dahlgren NOR Olsbergs Green Racing Volvo C30 + 0.559 9
10. Tiago Monteiro POR SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.569 12
11. Tom Coronel NED SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.644 9
12. Kristian Poulsen (I) DEN Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si + 0.744 14
13. Tom Boardman (I) SUNRED SEAT León TFSI + 0.770 13
14. Darryl O’Young (I) CHN Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 0.997 15
15. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 1.267 10
16. Sergio Hernández (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1.295 14
17. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI + 1.304 10
18. Franz Engstler (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 1.624 11
19. Carlos ‘Cacá’ Bueno RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 1.639 12
20. Stefano D’Aste (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1.738 12
21. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 1.751 5
22. Harry Vaulkhard (I) Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 2.250 10
23. Tim Coronel (I) NED Team Engstler BMW 320si + 2.845 13
24. Mehdi Bennani (I) MOR Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 2.906 15

 

2010 WTCC Round 6 Brands Hatch 2nd Practice Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Colin Turkington (I) eBay Motors BMW 320si 1:33.564 12
2. Alain Menu RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.362 11
3. Robert Huff RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.407 13
4. Tiago Monteiro POR SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.461 14
5. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.487 13
6. Tom Coronel NED SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.545 15
7. Augusto Farfus RBM Team BMW 320si + 0.999 14
8. Robert Dahlgren NOR Olsbergs Green Racing Volvo C30 + 1.000 11
9. Andy Priaulx RBM Team BMW 320si + 1.062 15
10. Gabriele Tarquini SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 1.127 13
11. Jordi Gené SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 1.129 10
12. Kristian Poulsen (I) DEN Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si + 1.140 16
13. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 1.148 11
14. Franz Engstler (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 1.282 7
15. Carlos ‘Cacá’ Bueno RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 1.370 13
16. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI + 1.410 12
17. Tom Boardman (I) SUNRED SEAT León TFSI + 1.450 8
18. Sergio Hernández (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1.521 15
19. Harry Vaulkhard (I) Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 1.776 10
20. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 2.198 10
21. Darryl O’Young (I) CHN Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 2.232 10
22. Stefano D’Aste (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 2.350 14
23. Mehdi Bennani (I) MOR Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 3.119 8
24. Tim Coronel (I) NED Team Engstler BMW 320si + 3.532 4

[Original images via FIA WTCC official site]

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