Farfus Curitiba

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.

  Driver Team Time
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]

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