Tom Coronel posted the quickest lap time in the second and final practice session ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session to determine the grid for the first of the two-race World Touring Car Championship round at Valencia.
The Dutchman hauled his SEAT León TDI around the Ricardo Tomo circuit with a time of 1:44.537 to leapfrog the Chevrolets of Alain Menu and Robert Huff, who had led much of the session in their Cruze sedans.
While just pipped for outright honours, a confident Menu lapped almost half a second faster than his team-mate Huff, with the SEAT of Gabriele Tarquini splitting fellow championship contender Yvan Muller in the third Chevrolet.
Home crowd favourite Jordi Gené finished up sixth-quickest, ahead of two particularly rapid Independent Trophy drivers, Kristian Poulsen and Darryl O’Young, who showed a decent turn of pace on the Spanish circuit to finish inside the top-eight. SEAT’s guest driver Marc Carol finished ninth-quickest, just two hundredths of a second slower than O’Young in his petrol-powered SEAT.
Curiously the works BMWs of Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx were well down the order in 13th and 14th on the timesheets respectively, almost two seconds slower than the best lap from Coronel.
2010 WTCC Valencia 2nd Practice Session Times:
[Original image via FIA WTCC official site]