Augusto Farfus lapped quickest for the factory BMW team in Friday’s open test session at Curitiba, the venue for the opening round of the World Touring Car Championship this weekend.
The Brazilian was the quickest driver on the timesheets for much of the half-hour session and improved his time in the closing minutes after the session was temporarily red-flagged due to Stefano D’Aste’s independent BMW spinning into the gravel.
Alain Menu managed a last-dash hot lap to post the second-quickest time for Chevrolet, preventing a BMW 1-2 when he demoted Andy Priaulx’s BMW to third.
On his maiden race outing for Chevrolet, former WTCC champion Yvan Muller was fourth fastest, just a 0.1s quicker than team-mate Robert Huff.
Defending champion Gabriele Tarquini was sixth fastest in the first of the SEATs.
The WTCC today also announced that diesel-powered cars will not be eligible for the independents’ class results, therefore meaning that Norbert Michelisz’s seventh place in his Zengo-Dension entered SEAT is considered a factory team.
This meant the fastest official independent was Darryl O’Young, making his series debut with Bamboo Engineering in a Chevrolet Lacetti. He was the 11th quickest driver overall.
Jordi Gené finished well down the timesheets, limited to just three timed laps by a steering problem on his León TDi.
|1.||Augusto Farfus||RBM Team BMW 320si||1:24.243|
|2.||Alain Menu||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||1:24.732|
|3.||Andy Priaulx||RBM Team BMW 320si||1:24.739|
|4.||Yvan Muller||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||1:24.805|
|5.||Robert Huff||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||1:24.960|
|6.||Gabriele Tarquini||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:25.308|
|7.||Norbert Michelisz||Zengö-Denison SEAT León TDI||1:25.625|
|8.||Tom Coronel||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:25.846|
|9.||Tiago Monteiro||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:25.864|
|10.||Michel Nykjær||SUNRED SEAT León TDI||1:26.424|
|11.||Darryl O’Young (I)||Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti||1:26.514|
|12.||Fredy Barth||SUNRED SEAT León TDI||1:26.570|
|13.||Sergio Hernández (I)||Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si||1:26.682|
|14.||Mehdi Bennani (I)||Wiechers Sport BMW 320si||1:26.870|
|15.||Harry Vaulkhard (I)||Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti||1:26.971|
|16.||Franz Engstler (I)||Team Engstler BMW 320si||1:26.985|
|17.||Stefano D’Aste (I)||Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si||1:27.430|
|18.||Andrei Romanov (I)||Team Engstler BMW 320si||1:29.246|
|19.||Jordi Gené||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||1:39.699|
(I) – denotes Independent Trophy driver
[Image via FIA WTCC website]